Document (#26837)

Author
Ladyman, J.
Title
Understanding philosophy of science
Imprint
London : Routledge
Year
2002
Pages
XIII, 290 S
Isbn
0-415-22156-0 (hbk) * 0-415-22157-9 (pbk)
Abstract
Few can imagine a world without telephones or televisions; many depend an computers and the Internet as part of daily life. Without scientific theory, these developments would not have been possible. In this exceptionally clear and engaging introduction to the philosophy of science, James Ladyman explores the philosophical questions that arise when we reflect an the nature of the scientific method and the knowledge it produces. He discusses whether fundamental philosophical questions about knowledge and reality might be answered by science, and considers in detail the debate between realists and antirealists about the extent of scientific knowledge. Along the way, central topics in the philosophy of science, such as the demarcation of science from non-science, induction, confirmation and falsification, the relationship between theory and observation, and relativism, are all addressed. Important and complex current debates over underdetermination, inference to the best explanation and the implications of radical theory change are clarified and clearly explained for these new to the subject. The style is refreshing and unassuming, bringing to life the essential questions in the philosophy of science. Ideal for any student of philosophy or science, this book requires no previous knowledge of either discipline. It contains the following textbook features: - suggestions for further reading - cross-referencing with an extensive bibliography.
Theme
Grundlagen u. Einführungen: Allgemeine Literatur
Field
Wissenschaftstheorie
LCSH
Science / philosophy
DDC
501 / dc21
LCC
Q175L174 2001

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