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Reading the Book of Nature: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
by Peter Kosso
Why should we believe what science tells us about the world? Observation data, confirmation of theories, and the explanation of phenomena are all considered in an introductory survey of the philosophy of science.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published July 6th 2002 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 31st 1992)
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I have to say, out of the half-dozen or so books on philosophy of science that I've read, this is the best so far. Kosso, who teaches philosophy at Northern Arizona University, has written an outstanding introduction to POS which is different from most others on the subject. He takes a non-traditional approach to the subject (for traditional approaches, see three others as examples: Theory & Reality, by Peter Godfrey-Smith; Philosophy of Science, by Geoffrey Graham; and Philosophy of Science ...more