- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (December 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745635393
- ISBN-13: 978-0745635392
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,037,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Without presupposing any prior knowledge of either philosophy or science, Lisa Bortolotti explains all the central issues clearly and adds some interesting twists of her own. This is an excellent first book for anybody who wants to understand the relation between scientific theorizing and reality."
David Papineau, King's College, London
"What are scientists really trying to prove anyway? An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science seeks to examine the very fundamental nature of science. In a way, it is the science of science. Filled with classical philosophical questions about science and how human ideas and thoughts concerning science have changed through the years, to the constant raging debates of today, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides as much insight into science as philosophy can bring. A riveting and educational read, highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
"Lisa Bortolotti's An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science is clearly written and structured and the many exercises interspersed in the text will be very useful for teachers and students wanting to test what has been learned. The chapter on ethics is a welcome addition to standard topics such as demarcation, confirmation and realism."
James Ladyman, University of Bristol
From the Back Cover
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides a lively and accessible introduction to current key issues and debates in this area. The classic philosophical questions about methodology, progress, rationality and reality are addressed by reference to examples from the full range of natural and social sciences. Lisa Bortolotti uses a historically-informed perspective on the evolution of science and includes a thorough discussion of the ethical implications of scientific research. Special attention is paid to the complex relationship between the advancement of science, policy making and public interest and to the continuity between scientific research and other human activities.
The book is designed to help students think for themselves about the issues identified above, and includes information tables and questions for further reflection to support all stages of the teaching and learning experience, from the comprehension of primary and other secondary texts to debate and essay writing. It also includes a thematic bibliography and a glossary of technical terms.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science is an excellent introduction to philosophy for students and provides researchers of scientific disciplines with an opportunity to reflect upon the value and impact of their work. It is also a stimulating read for anybody who is interested in the philosophical issues raised by the status of scientific knowledge, the practice of science and the role of experts in contemporary society.
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