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Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science

 
 
 
 
Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780195119763
ISBN 10: 195119762
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1998-09-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $65.95
 
 

Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science features an impressive collection of classical and contemporary readings on a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science. The volume is organized into six sections, each with its own introduction, and includes a general introduction that situates the philosophy of science in relation to other areas of intellectual inquiry. The selections focus on the main issues in the field, including the structure of scientific theories, models of scientific explanation, reductionism, historicist challenges to the objectivity of science, and the dispute over the ontological interpretation of mature scientific theories. Both the positivist model of science and its competitors, including contemporary social constructivist models, are included. Ideal for introductory philosophy of science courses, Scientific Inquiry strives to provide students and other readers with a thorough knowledge of the philosophical complexity of modern science and an appreciation of its authoritative intellectual standing in contemporary life.