This volume presents a definitive introduction to the core areas of philosophy of science. Each of the chapters - written especially for this volume by internationally distinguished scholars - reviews a problem, examines the current state of the discipline with respect to the topic, and discusses possible futures of the field. Topics covered include experiment and observation, evolution, molecular and developmental biology, cognitive science, and feminist philosophy of science. The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Science engages both general readers and specialists and provides a solid foundation for further study.
"This is an accessible and informative overview of central issuesand themes in contemporary philosophy of science." PhilipKitcher, Columbia University
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1. A Brief Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (and prognostications about its future): Peter Machamer (University of Pittsburgh).
2. Philosophy of Science: Classic Debates, Standard Problems, Future Prospects: John Worrall (London School of Economics).
3. Explanation: Jim Woodward (California Institute of Technology).
4. Structures of Scientific Theories: Carl F. Craver (Washington University, Saint Louis).
5. Reduction, Emergence and Explanation: Michael Silberstein (Elizabethtown College).
6. Models, Metaphors and Analogies: Daniela Bailer-Jones (University of Pittsburgh).
7. Experiment and Observation: James Bogen (University of Pittsburgh).
8. Induction and Probability: Alan Hajek (California Institute of Technology) and Ned Hall (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
9. Philosophy of Space-Time Physics: Craig Callender (University of California at San Diego) and Carl Hoefer (London School of Economics).
10 . Interpreting Quantum Theories: Laura Ruetsche (University of Pittsburgh).
11. Evolution: Roberta L. Millstein (California State University, Hayward).
12. Molecular and Developmental Biology: Paul Griffiths (University of Pittsburgh).
13. Cognitive science: Rick Grush (University of California, San Diego).
14. Philosophy of Social Science: Harold Kincaid (University of Alabama at Birmingham).
15. Feminist Philosophy of Science: Lynn Hankinson Nelson (University of Missouri-St. Louis).
Series: Blackwell Philosophy Guides
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.22 x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1