"The Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction" introduces all the main themes in the philosophy of science, including the nature of causation, explanation, laws, theory, models, evidence, reductionism, probability, teleology, realism and instrumentalism. This substantially revised and updated second edition of a highly successful, accessible and user-friendly text will be of value to any student getting to grips with the nature, methods and justification of science. Alex Rosenberg includes new material on a number of subjects, including: * the theory of natural selection * Popper, Lakatos and Leibniz * feminist philosophy of science * logical positivism * the origins of science In addition, helpful features add greatly to ease and clarity of this second edition: * overviews and chapter summaries * study questions and annotated further reading * a helpful glossary explaining key words and concepts Alex Rosenberg is R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, Durham, USA. His eleven books in the philosophy of science include "The Structure of Biological Science" (1985) and "Philosophy of Social Science" (1995).
In 1993 he won the Lakatos Prize in the Philosophy of Science.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Why Philosophy of Science?; Chapter 2: Explanation, Causation and Laws; Chapter 3: Scientific Explanation and its Discontents; Chapter 4: The Structure and Metaphysics of Scientific Theories; Chapter 5: The Epistemology of Scientific Theorizing; Chapter 6: The Challenge of History and Post-Positivism; Chapter 7: The Contested Character of Science and the Fundamental Questions of Philosophy; Bibliography; Index
Alexander Rosenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. His ten books in the philosophy of science include The Structure of Biological Science (1985) and Philosophy of Social Science (1995). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Science Foundation. In 1993 he won the Lakatos Prize in the Philosophy of Science.