Arguing About Science (Arguing About Philosophy)

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Arguing About Science is an outstanding, engaging introduction to the essential topics in philosophy of science, edited by two leading experts in the field. This exciting and innovative anthology contains a selection of classic and contemporary readings that examine a broad range of issues, from classic problems such as scientific reasoning; causation; and scientific realism, to more recent topics such as science and race; forensic science; and the scientific status of medicine.

The editors bring together some of the most influential contributions of famous philosophers in the field, including John Stuart Mill and Karl Popper, as well as more recent extracts from philosophers and scientists such as Ian Hacking, Stephen Jay Gould, Bas van Fraassen, Nancy Cartwright, and John Worrall. The anthology is organised into nine clear sections:

  • science, non science and pseudo-science
  • race, gender and science
  • scientific reasoning
  • scientific explanation
  • laws and causation
  • science and medicine
  • probability and forensic science
  • risk, uncertainty and science policy
  • scientific realism and anti-realism.

The articles chosen are clear, interesting, and free from unnecessary jargon. The editors provide lucid introductions to each section in which they provide an overview of the debate, as well as suggestions for further reading.

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"Ideal for introducing students and scholars to the wide range of questions addressed by philosophers of science - not only perennial questions in metaphysics and epistemology, but also contemporary questions at the intersection of science, public policy, and culture." - Marc Lange, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"An outstanding collection of essays - old classics and new hits - that survey the traditional heartlands of philosophy of science and explore unmapped territories. I know of no other collection that has this broad scope and comprehensiveness. Students will find no better place to start their philosophical engagement with science." – Stathis Psillos, University of Athens, Greece

"Combines classic topics like evidence and explanation with timely applications like gender, medicine, and forensic science. Especially noteworthy is Bird and Ladyman’s engaging treatment of the central role of uncertainty in science and its applications. Careful introductions make technical material accessible to introductory students." - Stuart Glennan, Butler University, USA

About the Author:

Alexander Bird is a Professor of Philosophy and Faculty of Arts Research Director at Bristol University, UK. His previous publications include Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties (2007), and Philosophy of Science (Routledge/McGill-Queens University Press, 1998).

James Ladyman is a Professor of Philosophy at Bristol University UK. He is the author (with Ross, Collier, and Spurrett) of Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalised (2007), and of the CHOICE awarding-winning book Understanding Philosophy of Science, also published by Routledge (2001).

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