- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; Rev edition (August 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879754230
- ISBN-13: 978-0879754235
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science Rev Edition
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"...a useful entry into the fundamental questions in traditional philosophy of science." -- Quarterly Review of Biology, June, 2000
"Students, teachers and researchers in the field of philosophy will find this text very helpful." -- Educational Book Review, India, March 2000
"great introduction for students, encouraging their study of the frontiers of science and the important of its relationship to philosophy." -- Tech Directions, August/September, 2001 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
The late E. D. Klemke was professor of philosophy at Iowa State University.
Robert Hollinger is professor of philosophy at Iowa State University.
David Wyss Rudge is assistant professor of the philosophy of biology at Iowa State.
A. David Kline is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Articles were written by the following philosophers: Rudolf Carnap, Nancy Cartwright, Brian Fay and J. Donald Moon, Paul Feyerabend, Philipp G. Frank, Ronald Giere, N R Hanson, Carl Hempel, Philip Kitcher, Thomas Kuhn, karel Lambert, Gordon Britten, Fritz Machlup, Ernan McMullin, Carl Matheson, David Kline, Grover Maxwell, Karl Popper, Hilary Putnam, W V Quine, J S Ullian, Alexander Rosenberg, Richard Rudner, Wesley Salmon, W T Stace, Charles Taylor, Paul Thagard, Hugh Tomlinson, Stephen Toulmin, Bas van Fraassen, John Ziman.
The articles are technical and very interesting. I think every philosopher should study these articles, and the philosophy of science should be a part of the general educational curriculum for everyone.
Each part has a 1 case study at the end, and 2 study questions and 3 selected bibliography. There are a few pages for advice to instructors in an appendix.
The book covers all the traditional, core areas of philosophy of science, as well as offering more readings than is typical on the social sciences. Yet, the the essay on philosophy of economics is from 1983 and is largely outdated given the dramatic changes in economics and the global economy in the last three decades. In addition, the book shortchanges more radical critiques of philosophy of science by having, for instance, only one essay, from 1996, on feminist critiques of science. I also am disappointed that the volume does not include an excerpt from Thomas Kuhn's seminal book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Instead, the volume has one essay by Kuhn in which he responds to critics of the book, but that's not the best way for someone to be introduced to Kuhn's ideas.
I would not recommend that professors adopt this anthology unless they used it in conjunction with something else that was more contemporary, but for those wanting an affordable option to round out their collection of essays in the subject, this book may fit the bill.