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Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
by Robert Klee
A survey of the philosophy of science from positivism to social constr uctivism, this book focuses on the ontological implications of science . An innovative feature is the author's use of immunology as a source of descriptive examples, thus providing lively illustrations from a li fe science with universal appeal and allowing continuity throughout th is volume. The covera ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 12th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Feb 02, 2010 Ben Babcock rated it 3 of 5 stars
Just so there are no illusions, from the top I want to make one thing clear: this is a difficult book to read. It is short, and Robert Klee explains concepts and theories very well. Nevertheless, he covers so much that I had to refer frequently to the glossary to keep all the terms straight. I read this book in two weeks because I'm taking a Philosophy of Science & Technology course; if you're reading this book out of general interest without a companion course to further your understanding. ...more
What do scientists think they're doing? What do they think they know (or don't)? How do they justify and defend their beliefs as they relate to science? If we cannot observe something directly (e.g., electrons), do these "theoretical" entities exist? Or are scientists just blinded by their gender, politics and the male need to dominate? This book is an undergraduate level survey of the epistemology of the endeavor of science, starting with the positivists up to the current debates. The author la ...more