- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company; 3rd edition (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0702230936
- ISBN-13: 978-0702230936
- ASIN: 0872204529
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Presented in a small (5" x 8") size paperback form it is ideal as a set reading for undergraduate classes in the hard sciences, the social sciences, and, I would argue in other undergraduate classes in history and business. The first two chapters discuss observation, experience and inductive reasoning and make this book appealing as a reference text for many other courses. Yet Chalmers also branches out into theory construction and into the writings of Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn.
I have used this text as a background reference too in introductory philosophy classes. This excellent book well deserves a place in the library of all students of science and philosophy.