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A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, 4th Edition 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0198700555
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`well known and widely used textbook ... As in the earlier editions the same writing style and format for organizing the material are preserved. As a result the book rigidly stays at the level of presenting only carefully condensed factual presentations in serial order of the individual authors involved, and scrupulously avoids any critical evaluations or comparisons of the philosophies of science sketched out for the reader.' Richard J. Blackwell, Saint Louis University, Physis, Vol. XXI (1994)

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John Losee is Professor of Philosophy at Lafayette College, U.S.A. .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4th edition (May 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198700555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198700555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "pose21" on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
this is an introduction to the history of philosophical thinking throughout history, not an indepth treatment of ethics throughout history as one reviewer criticised it for not being (something it never stated it was).
It is thorough without being overwhelming for someone interested in an introduction to philosopphy, and it is interesting not dry and boring or hard to follow as many philosophy books can prove to be.
It is exactly what it says it is and does a good job at it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
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Losse starts with the Pythagoreans, the atomists, and Aristotle. He ends up discussing Popper, Hempel, Kuhn, Feyerband, Lakatos, and a variety of contemporary philosophers. It's densely packed, and for novices to philosophy or logic it might take some effort, but for those with a little background it is easy and, at least for me, fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on November 21, 2010
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This book is as advertized; an historical introduction to the philosophy of science. I have heard it paraphrased that "History of Science without Philosophy of Science is Blind; Philosophy of Science without the History of Science is Empty." This is a very easy read to get you started on your way to understanding science as an evolving set of methods and views. I can see layman and students in undergraduate sciences with no prior knowledge of the history or philosophy and reap great rewards from this work. It fashioned as a collection short essays on topics through history. If you are looking for a hardcore introduction with all kinds of depth, this is not it. For advanced HPS students, look elsewhere. If you know a bit about the history and philosophy of science, you can pick and choose your way through the sections of this book. For this reason, I have found it immensely useful.
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