The book presents an anthology of readings on the philosophy of science covering traditional issues, such as explanation, confirmation, and progress against a backdrop of historical case studies. Discusses the feminist philosophy of science to present a different perspective on the subject and chapters on medicine and psychology (dreaming) present applications of philosophy and science.
For students taking their first course in the philosophy of science, who may have a mixed background in philosophy but are similar in having little preparation in science or the history of science. Fifty-two selected brief readings are grouped in sections on case studies from the history of science, scientific explanation, confirmation, realism and antirealism, medicine as a science, whether or not there can be a science of dreams, and science and gender; a final section includes further readings from chemistry, biology, physics, and the sociology of medicine. Each section and each selection is thoroughly introduced. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)