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Author Okasha, Samir, author

Title Philosophy of science : a very short introduction / Samir Okasha
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002


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Description 144 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm
Series Very short introductions ; 67
Very short introductions ; 67
Contents 1. What is science? -- 2. Scientific reasoning -- 3. Explanation in science -- 4. Realism and anti-realism -- 5. Scientific change and scientific revolutions -- 6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology -- 7. Science and its critics
Summary "What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics. The final chapter touches on the conflicts between science and religion, and explores whether science is ultimately a good thing." -- Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Science -- Philosophy.
Genre/Form Leermiddelen (vorm).
LC no. 2002510456
ISBN 9780192802835