- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 3 (17 de agosto de 2011)
- Colección: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0415891779
- ISBN-13: 978-0415891776
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Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 17 ago 2011
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"Written with verve and panache, Alex Rosenberg's Third Edition is a great introduction to perennial questions in the philosophy of science. For students, Rosenberg's book will be an accessible and thought-provoking guide; for their teachers, it will be an indispensable resource." –Marc Lange, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Alex Rosenberg's Third Edition has been completely reorganized and augmented with lots of fascinating new material emphasizing the connections between philosophy of science and the rest of philosophy. Challenging and insightful, this is one of the best single-author texts in the field. I'm sure it will be even more successful than its predecessor."–Martin Curd, Purdue University
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Any serious student attempting to better understand the nature, methods and justification of science will value Alex Rosenberg’s updated and substantially revised Third Edition of Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction. Weaving together lucid explanations and clear analyses, the volume is a much-used, thematically oriented introduction to the field.
New features of the Third Edition include more coverage of the history of the philosophy of science, more fully developed material on the metaphysics of causal and physical necessity, more background on the contrast between empiricism and rationalism in science, and new material on the structure of theoretical science (with expanded coverage of Newtonian and Darwinian theories and models) and the realism/antirealism controversy. Rosenberg also divides the Third Edition into fifteen chapters, aligning each chapter with a week in a standard semester-long course. Updated Discussion Questions, Glossary, Bibliography and Suggested Readings lists at the end of each chapter will make the Third Edition indispensable, either as a comprehensive stand-alone text or alongside the many wide-ranging collections of articles and book excerpts currently available.
Read our interview with Alex Rosenberg, What exactly is philosophy of science – and why does it matter? here: www.routledge.com/u/alexrosenbergVer Descripción del producto
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An advice for the author (& any author for that matter): make sure your hard work gets the respect it deserves!
The material in the first two chapters on the nature of philosophy and its relation to science was very interesting to me, but most of my students--who were taking only their second or third philosophy course--were left cold; perhaps they felt they knew too little about philosophy to be in a position to comment. All students struggled with the chapters on laws and explanation (Chs. 3-6): they had trouble understanding them, they couldn't see why the issues mattered, and in fact they almost cheered when I announced we were moving on to a new topic. Of course, the students didn't bring any prior views about laws and explanation to the class, and things picked up when we turned to the chapters on epistemology, in part precisely because these chapters challenged the simplistic views on scientific method that the students brought to the class--views endlessly repeated in the first chapters of their science textbooks from middle school onwards. But that was not the whole of it. The chapters on laws and explanation are not as crisp and refined as are those on epistemology; this was the material with which I myself was least familiar, and I felt at least some of my students' pain.
The passages in which Rosenberg links issues in contemporary philosophy of science to debates of great antiquity in general philosophy did not work for my students. Such connections are genuine and important. But since the historical debates were new to most of them, the passages just added to the burden of new material that they had to get their heads around.
I must add that the book contains, I would say, an average of about two (non-philosophical) glitches per page--which soon gets pretty irritating, and of course sets a poor example to the students. The glitches are of several kinds, including mistakes in formulas, but are mostly errors of punctuation. Whoever copy-edited the book--not Rosenberg, I assume--seems unfamiliar with the conventions of comma usage in English.
Would I use the text again? Possibly, for the sake of some of the epistemological chapters that are very well done indeed. But I wouldn't try marching through the whole text again.