Offering an engaging and accessible portrait of the current state of the field, Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction shows students how to think philosophically about science and why it is both essential and fascinating to do so. Gillian Barker and Philip Kitcher reconsider the core questions in philosophy of science in light of the multitude of changes that have taken place in the decades since the publication of C.G. Hempel's classic work,
Philosophy of Natural Science (1966)-both in the field and also in history and sociology of science and the sciences themselves. They explore how philosophical questions are connected to vigorous current debates-including climate change, science and religion, race, intellectual property rights, and medical research
priorities-showing how these questions, and philosophers' attempts to answer them, matter in the real world.
Featuring numerous illustrative examples and extensive further reading lists, Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction is ideal for courses in philosophy of science, history and philosophy of science, and epistemology/theory of knowledge. It is also compelling and illuminating reading for scientists, science students, and anyone interested in the natural sciences and in their place in global society today.
Gillian Barker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western University and a founding member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an interdisciplinary research center fostering academic inquiry and public discussion concerning issues at the intersection between philosophy and the sciences. Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia. He is the author of books and articles on issues in the philosophy of science. He has been President of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) and Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Prometheus Prize, awarded by the American Philosophical Association for work in expanding the frontiers of science and philosophy.
EACH CHAPTER ENDS WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; CHAPTER 1: SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY; CHAPTER 2: THE ANALYTIC PROJECT; CHAPTER 3: THE VIEW FROM THE SCIENCES; CHAPTER 4: SCIENCE, HISTORY, AND SOCIETY; CHAPTER 5: CRITICAL VOICES; CHAPTER 6: SCIENCE, VALUES, AND POLITICS