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Representing and Intervening: Introductory Topics in the Philosophy of Natural Science

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A lively and clearly written introduction to the philosophy of natural science, organized around the central theme of scientific realism.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 20th 1983 by Cambridge University Press
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Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, orals
Hacking gives us a marvelous overview of (primarily) 20th century philosophy of science (though we do have some Bacon, Hume, Comte and Kant thrown in there, among others), focusing on the debate over realism and anti-realism. The first part of the book focuses on trends in the philosophy of science, especially on the 20th century fixation with language, meaning and reference that we inherited from the positivsts, who thought that certain types of sentences, theoretical or observational could eve ...more
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Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harika bir Bilim Felsefesi kitabı. Kuhn ve Feyerabend gibi postmodernlerin panzehiri....
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Es una mierda de libro. No tiene hilo conductor y va diciendo cosas según le van viniendo a la mente. Se podría resumir todo en una cuartilla de folio.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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TL;DR: This book does what I believe a good introductory book should do: give you a bit of background, ask some tough questions that leave you pondering and thinking and wanting more, and then giving you some "X said Y about this", and pointing you in the directions of the "answers" so that you just want to go and read all the things. However it has some style problems that make it a bit annoying every now and then.

This book serves its purpose as an introduction to the Philosophy of Science, and
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book goes very well with my previously read Nancy Cartwright's 'How the Laws of Physics Lie' and Paul Feyerabend's 'Against Method.' However, Hacking takes a more philosopher realist tone who believes cautiously in theoretical entities in a way that Cartwright and Feyerabend cannot. This has taught me a lot about science that I did not know and, I suspect, that a lot of people who consider themselves pro-science did not know. For instance, A is said to cause B, not because A causes B but be ...more
Vincenzo Politi
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book which open the door of the philosophical reflection on the experimental practice. A classic, far more subtle, rich and penetrating than how it is usually summarised in text-books footnotes or by lazy scholars.
Alexandre Guay
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Un classique de philo des sciences.
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
A great overview of the Philosophy of Science
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic book. Extremely thought provoking. The middle is a bit slow for a little while and I would just skip the intermediate chapter, but its truly excellent philosophical work.
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Needs to be rebound.
Paul Ivanov
A good, accessible but incisive coverage of various aspects and the development of philosophy of science.
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Check Joy's review since I'm in complete agreement with it despite giving the book a lower grade.
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Ian Hacking is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, specialised in the History of Science.

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