Understanding Philosophy of Science

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 12, 2002 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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Few 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.

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User Review  - Rory - Goodreads

An accessible introduction to the subject. Ladyman's book essentially revolves around introducing the reader to the question 'what is the nature of science, and how should we interpret the theories ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

From the introduction: "To be a [scientific] realist about Copernicus' theory is to think that it should be taken literally and to believe that the Earth really does orbit the Sun." lol Aside from ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

James Ladyman is Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Bristol

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