James ladyman understanding philosophy of science
Understanding Philosophy of Science by James LadymanFew can imagine a world without telephones or televisions; many depend on computers and the Internet as part of daily life. Without scientific theory, these developments would not have been possible.
In this exceptionally clear and engaging introduction to philosophy of science, James Ladyman explores the philosophical questions that arise when we reflect on the nature of the scientific method and the knowledge it produces. He discusses whether fundamental philosophical questions about knowledge and reality might be answered by science, and considers in detail the debate between realists and antirealists about the extent of scientific knowledge. Along the way, central topics in philosophy of science, such as the demarcation of science from non-science, induction, confirmation and falsification, the relationship between theory and observation and relativism are all addressed. Important and complex current debates over underdetermination, inference to the best explaination and the implications of radical theory change are clarified and clearly explained for those new to the subject.
Understanding Philosophy of Science
This is a useful introduction to the philosophy of science. It includes the main actors including Thomas Kuhn and his revolutions and Karl Popper and his falsificationism. Other subjects include Account Options Anmelden. Meine Mediathek Hilfe Erweiterte Buchsuche. Routledge Amazon.
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Understanding philosophy of science/James Ladyman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Science – Philosophy. I. Title. Q L
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This book is intended to provide an introduction to the philosophy of science. In particular, it is aimed at science students taking a philosophy of science course but no other philosophy classes, as well as at those students who are studying philosophy of science as part of a philosophy degree. Hence, I have assumed no prior knowledge of philosophy, and I have not relied upon detailed knowledge of science either. I have also avoided using any mathematics. This means that some issues are not discussed despite their interest. For example, the implications of quantum mechanics for philosophy of science, and the mathematical theory of probability and its use in modelling scientific reasoning are not dealt with here.