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Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at Its Seams

 
 
 
 
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at Its Seams
Author: Robert Klee
ISBN 13: 9780195106114
ISBN 10: 195106113
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1996-12-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $65.95
 
 

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at Its Seams is a clear and lively explanation of key concepts and issues in the philosophy of science. It surveys the field from positivism to social constructivism, focusing on the metaphysical implications of science as a form of knowledge gathering that explains what the world is really like, while simultaneously arguing for the superiority of a holistic model of scientific theories over competing models. An innovative feature is the use of immunology as the central domain of illustration, in contrast to other philosophy of science texts that draw examples predominantly from physics. The text also presents Thomas Kuhn's model of science clearly and accurately, rectifying the notorious and widespread misinterpretations projected upon it in the past. Klee discusses both traditional models of science and alternative interpretations, most notably nonfeminist and feminist models inspired by the work of Kuhn. Richly illustrated and complete with a glossary of over eighty key terms, this book serves as an ideal text for undergraduates, because it presents a highly accessible and contemporary investigation of science as a form of inquiry capable of revealing to us the structure of the world.