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Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Samir Okasha
ISBN 13: 9780192802835
ISBN 10: 192802836
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2002-07-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $11.95

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.