Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

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An introduction to a topic hardly needs an introduction itself. My aim in this book has been simply to introduce students and others to the philosophy of science, and to do so in a balanced way. That is to say, I have tried to lay out some of the central philosophical problems raised by natural science so as to show what can be said on various sides of a given issue. In the first chapter I have indicated why I think the philosophy of science is important and what I take its scope to be.

I should like to thank Angela Blackburn of Oxford University Press for encouraging me to write this book and for her help with the writing. Intellectually I owe a considerable debt to a number of friends and colleagues who were kind enough to comment on what I had written: to Michael Redhead and Roger Scruton who commented on the whole manuscript, and to Donald Gillies and Graham Macdonald who went through particular chapters with me. The comments of an anonymous referee for Oxford University Press were also most helpful.

Finally, I am very pleased to be able once more to thank Beverley Toulson for typing and preparing a manuscript for me. Her help and efficiency have made my task much easier than it would otherwise have been.

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