Philosophy of Science

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This book has one distinctive feature: It combines an elementary introduction to Philosophy of Science with an integrated survey of all important subfields of contemporary Philosophy of Science. This twofold characteristic is reflected in the bipartite structure of all chapters, which start with an introductory sections followed by a comprehensive part entitled ''complementary and advanced topics".

The general philosophical message of the book is reflected in its subtitle "A unified approach". Behind the diversity of scientific fields one can recognize a methodological unity of the sciences. This unity is worked out in this book, together with revealing important differences between subject areas.

Concerning its use in teaching, the book is self-contained and understandable without presuppositions. By restricting the teaching materials to the introductory sections one obtains the basis for a semester-long 2 hour per week course. Covering all of the material contained in the book will fill two such courses. All core material of this book is highlighted in the form of definitions, key propositions, examples and figures. At the end of every chapter the reader finds selected literature and exercises (with solutions at the end). The book concludes with a comprehensive bibliography and several indices.
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ISBN-13: 9780415829366
ISBN-10: 0415829364
Pagini: 480
Ilustrații: illustrations
Dimensiuni: 152 x 226 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.61 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Taylor & Francis Group


Foreword 1 Introduction: Where Do We Stand? 2 The Question of Unity: In Search for Common Foundations of the Sciences  3 The Conceptual Toolkit: Language, Logic and Probability 4 A Question of Fit: Law Hypotheses and their Empirical Testing 5 Going Beyond Experience: Theories and their Empirical Evaluation 6 In Search of Causes: Explanation and All That Goes With It Bibliography Index

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Gerhard Schurz is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy and Director of the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Duesseldorf.


I consider this book to be a unique work both with regard to the sheer amount of material it covers but also with regard to the clarity, depth and insight with which these matters are dealt with by one of Europe's foremost analytic philosophers. I would not hesitate to use it in an advanced course on the subject, and I believe it would work well also for an introductory course given the careful way in which the book is structured into introductory and advanced material. Erik J. Olsson, Lund University Philosophy of Science: a Unified Approach revamps and bolsters the logical empiricist way to think about and to practice philosophy of science. It combines technical precision and rigour with philosophical breadth and depth. It delves into all major philosophical problems and issues in general philosophy of science. It elegantly presents the received positions and approaches, but it also articulates novel views and arguments. It systematically explains the necessary technical concepts and makes them do deep philosophical work. Philosophy of Science: a Unified Approach lives up to its promise to highlight and defend the methodological unity of the sciences. Gerhard Schurz has written a superb introduction to philosophy of science; novices and experts alike have a lot to learn from it. Stathis Psillos, University of Western Ontario & University of Athens This is an excellent introduction to the general philosophy of science. It is lucidly written and very well structured in elementary and advanced subsections. Inspired by the classic authors of the 20th century, such as Carnap and Popper, and guided by the methodological version of the idea of the unity of the sciences and the humanities, Gerhard Schurz shows how it stands with the main topics in the first decades of the 21th century. Theo Kuipers, University of Groningen