(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Worldviews : An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science



Pub. Date:
List Price: $41.55

Rent Textbook



Only three copies
in stock at this price.

Buy Used Textbook

In Stock Usually Ships in 24 Hours.

Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-4 Business Days


More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $23.44

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?

Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.

How do rental returns work?

Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!

What version or edition is this?

This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 10/4/2010.

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.
  • The eBook copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically only the book itself is included.


Updated throughout and with three entirely new chapters, Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science, Second Edition furthers its reputation as the definitive introductory text on the historical developments and philosophical issues that inform our scientific view of the world around us. Represents an innovative introduction to the history and philosophy of science, designed especially for those coming to the subject for the first time Updated new edition features the addition of chapters focusing on scientific laws, evolutionary theory, and implications of evolution Covers the key historical developments and philosophical themes that have impacted our scientific view of the world around us Analyzes the transitions from the Aristotelian worldview to the Newtonian worldview to a new and currently developing worldview Explores challenges to the Western scientific worldview brought on by recent discoveries

Author Biography

Richard DeWitt is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Fairfield University. In addition to the history and philosophy of science, his research interests are in the areas of mathematical and philosophical logic, and the philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Fundamental Issuesp. 5
Worldviewsp. 7
Truthp. 17
Empirical Facts and Philosophical/Conceptual Factsp. 32
Confirming and Disconfirming Evidence and Reasoningp. 38
The Quine-Duhem Thesis and Implications for Scientific Methodp. 46
Philosophical Interlude: Problems and Puzzles of Inductionp. 58
Falsifiabilityp. 66
Instrumentalism and Realismp. 71
The Transition from the Aristotelian Worldview to the Newtonian Worldviewp. 79
The Structure of the Universe on the Aristotelian Worldviewp. 81
The Preface to Ptolemy's Almagest: The Earth as Spherical, Stationary, and at the Center of the Universep. 87
Astronomical Data: The Empirical Factsp. 99
Astronomical Data: The Philosophical/Conceptual Factsp. 106
The Ptolemaic Systemp. 113
The Copernican Systemp. 123
The Tychonic Systemp. 134
Kepler's Systemp. 137
Galileo and the Evidence from the Telescopep. 148
A Summary of Problems Facing the Aristotelian Worldviewp. 164
Philosophical and Conceptual Connections in the Development of the New Sciencep. 170
Overview of the New Science and the Newtonian Worldviewp. 175
Philosophical Interlude: What is a Scientific Law?p. 183
The Development of the Newtonian Worldview, 1700-1900p. 192
Recent Developments in Science and Worldviewsp. 205
The Special Theory of Relativityp. 207
The General Theory of Relativityp. 227
Overview of the Empirical Facts, Mathematics, and Interpretations of Quantum Theoryp. 235
Quantum Theory and Locality: EPR, Bell's Theorem, and the Aspect Experimentsp. 272
Overview of the Theory of Evolutionp. 287
Philosophical and Conceptual Implications of Evolutionp. 310
Worldviews: Concluding Thoughtsp. 341
Chapter Notes and Suggested Readingp. 349
Referencesp. 366
Indexp. 371
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...