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Author: Samir Okasha
ISBN: 0192802836
Pages: 160 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2002)
Language: English
Category: Humanities
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e-Book Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction epub download

by Samir Okasha



Samir Okasha is currently Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York. This is, of course, no substitute for more substantive books on the philosophy of science, but it sure counts as a very good short introduction.

Samir Okasha is currently Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York. He has published numerous articles in philosophy journals, in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and epistemology. He has previously held a Jacobean Fellowship in Philosophy at University of London and has taught at the University of Mexico. 10 people found this helpful.

Philosophy of Science book Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha.

Philosophy of Science book. What is science? Is there a real difference between science. Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything?

Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science.

Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics.

Yet another excellent entrant in the Very Short Introductions series: Okasha, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York, gives a well-organized brief tour of the main topics in the Philosophy of Science. The key idea of the series of Very Short Introductions published by Oxford University Press since 1995 is to ask an expert to introduce readers to the essential notions of a subject, which is actually stimulating, since there is something very pleasant about holding in one’s hand a small book that can serve as a serious introduction to a very thoughtful topic.

This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science

This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science.

Издание: 1st. Язык: english. ISBN 13: 9780192802835. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read

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Can science explain everything? Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the main themes of. .Samir Okasha, author Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York Author Webpage.

Can science explain everything? Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science, it goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics. The final chapter touches on the conflicts between science and religion, and explores whether science is ultimately a good thing.About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Burgas
I think of myself as a scientist. This clear and fascinating book helped me think about what that really means. What, for example, is "the scientific method"? Why do scientists prefer simple explanations? Can science be impartial if it's conducted by people - all of whom are unavoidably partial? I don't see the world in a whole new light but I think I have a better idea of where to look for the shadows and how to think about them.
Syleazahad
This book would be a help for those students who have an inclination toward philosophy and aspire to comprehend science more deeply.
I have just minor remarks. It would be better if there were a bit more description of quantum mechanics, namely with respect to the question whether it supports anti-realism or not, and if there were an example of the theory-ladenness of perceptions.
Yannara
By their very nature, books of the "Very Short Introduction" series cannot possibly deliver an in-depth treatment of any of their subject matters. Then again, this doesn't mean an author cannot use this accessible format to stimulate and inform the reader, while maintaining as much rigor as one can expect from books aimed at a general audience. That is exactly what Samir Okasha manages to do here. The reader will find standard sections on what science is, the basics of scientific reasoning, and the nuances of what counts as an explanation in science. But Okasha also gets into a bit more tricky territory, such as the disputes between realists and anti-realists, and even takes a balanced look at science critics (believe me, it's not easy to be fair and balanced there!). Chapter six, on sample problems in the philosophy of physics, biology and psychology, gives the reader a flavor of what actual philosophical investigation looks like. This is, of course, no substitute for more substantive books on the philosophy of science, but it sure counts as a very good short introduction.
Wymefw
At just 134 small (4.5 x 6.5") pages this book is a bargain in both time and cost. The book starts with a short history of modern science (Aristotle, Copernicus, and onward). Using some of the work of Karl Popper and falsifiability, Okasha proceeds to define science, but also points out the failures of Popper's demarcation. There is a short summary to deduction and induction, but counters induction with Hume's problem. The major problems of explanation in science including covering law, symmetry, irrelevancy, and causation, are all discussed. The chapter on realism and anti-realism, perhaps becomes more esoteric, but is an important topic. Thomas Kuhn, and "The structure of scientific revolutions" is an important topic, but perhaps the pages on Kuhn's legacy is not thorough, (but the reader is left with references to pursue!). The paragraphs on biology and "science and religion" in light of "Intelligent design" debates, are of most interest, but coverage is cursory, and other sources are available (I recommend Edward Larson's Summer for the Gods on the Scopes Trail). Photographs and diagrams throughout the book, give some historical examples. Well worth the time!
Zymbl
This book generally does what it sets out to do, and does it fairly well. If you have no or almost no background in this area it will certainly be thought-provoking. However, I think there is room for improvement. The writing style is very clear but very bland, and the author is unnecessarily equivocal, apparently in the hope of not alienating one reader or another. (Interestingly this is not the case when he discusses scientism, where he managed to alienate me by not grasping one of the core arguments against scientism.) The earlier chapters tend to leave one with the feeling that after a lot of thought, little or no ground has been gained, which I don't think is the right impression and likely leaves many readers questioning the value of philosophy of science overall. I also got the impression that the author isn't comfortable with the current state of knowledge in basic physics, which I think is very important for this area of thought. I found the later chapters on specific problems to be much more engaging, but I thought some of the problems were peripheral to what I see as the core questions. You can't go wrong reading this book, especially given its length, but you won't come away satisfied.
Marr
After a conversation with a friend where the names of people and theories were dancing just outside my mind, I decided I needed a refresher on the Philosophy of Science. This book does a great job of covering this incredibly vast and complicated field, providing a great review of the basics.