Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 0198700555

ISBN-13: 9780198700555

Edition: 4th 2001 (Revised)

Authors: John Losee

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Designed for those coming to the subject for the first time, this stimulating introduction offers a historical exposition of differing views on the philosophy of science. With concise profiles introducing the major philosophers whose contributions are discussed, Losee explores the long-argued questions raised by philosophers and scientists about the proper evaluation of science. This new edition incorporates contemporary developments in the discipline, including recent work on theory-appraisal, experimental practice, the debate over scientific realism, and the philosophy of biology. Taking a balanced and informative approach, with a focus on the historical development of the subject, John Losee presents a full and up to date account that is ideal for the introductory reader. NEW TO THIS EDITION: coverage of recent developments in Philosophy of Science, including philosophy of biology, normative naturalism, theory appraisal, experimental practice, theories of explanation, and scientific realism
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List price: $50.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

John Losee is James Renwick Hogg Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Lafayette College. The best known of his publications is A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science , which was translated into twelve languages, and Theories of Causality.

Aristotle's Philosophy of Science
The Pythagorean Orientation
The Ideal of Deductive Systemization
Atomism and the Concept of Underlying Mechanism
Affirmation and Development of Aristotle's Method in the Medieval Period
The Debate over Saving the Appearances
The Seventeenth-Century Attack on Aristotelian Philosophy
Newton's Axiomatic Method
Analysis of the Implications of the New Science for a Theory of Scientific Method
Inductivism v the Hypothetico-Deductive View of Science
Mathematical Positivism and Conventionlism
Logical Reconstructivist Philosophy of Science
Orthodoxy under Attack
Theories of Scientific Progress
Explanation, Causation, and Unification
Confirmation and Evidential Support
The Justification of Evaluative Standards
The Debate over Scientific Realism
Descriptive Philosophies of Science
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