This is the ideal introduction for someone with little to no background regarding the philosophy of science. Charts summarizing or a timeline of philosophical views would have added value to the book. But I think it’s a pretty sweet book overall. Can science explain everything? But sometimes the author tried to over-explain a rather obvious idea, which could be a bit bothering.

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In no time at all you’ve covered the pages effortlessly All we can observe are the positions of objects relative to each other, and these would remain unchanged–for all objects are shifted by the same amount. This book will acquaint you with the core concepts and debates within the philosophy of science, and whet your appetite for further reading the author provides a nice list for further reading broken down chapter by chapter.

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The range of topics dealt with is nice, but, as another reviewer said, I had a sense of uneven coverage. Successes and failures of competing ideas in the debates are explained well, though the current consensus is not always given. As far as I can recall, probability was mentioned only once in connection to epistemology: Choose your country or region Close.

Very Short Introduction Second Edition Samir Okasha Very Short Introductions Looks at both the historical ov contemporary challenges of the philosophy of science, considering core debates such as the two opposing schools of thought of realism and idealism Addresses key questions such as the issue of scientific change, and whether there is a discernible pattern to the way scientific ideas change over okwsha Investigates fascinating ethical and philosophical questions across a variety of scientific fields including physics, biology and psychology Discusses okasga controversial “science wars” Part of the Very Short Introductions series – millions of copies sold worldwide.


Likewise, the last chapter held much promise, okashaa again was too brief to samir okasha philosophy of science many intriguing ideas about the future of science.

Account Options Sign in. I samir okasha philosophy of science it only two stars because in areas where I know a lot–statistics and religion–he failed miserably.

Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction

Why, What and How. Well written and accessible for the masses. The fascinating topic of philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scie What is science? Aug 29, Ali Arabzadeh rated it philosophu it Shelves: Now I’m giving it two only.

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

I gave it five stars when I first read it three years ago. To ask other readers questions about Philosophy of Scienceplease sign up. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I thought it was overall very good.

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha

Want to Read saving…. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. I caught everything, but I noticed a mild cognitive delay samir okasha philosophy of science each instance of the discussion of the reasons for rejection of a particular hypothesis or assumption because they went oksha to the jargon which is fine if you know it, I guess.


Is there a real difference between science and myth? If this book doesn’t provide the joy of thinking, nothing will! Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law.

How much faith should we place in what scientists tell us? My library Help Advanced Book Search. Realism and anti-realism, 5.

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Is it possible for scientific knowledge to be fully ‘objective’? A quite involved theory seemed to explain the motion of planets across the sky, yet a far simpler theory replaced it and remains philosopyy use scienxe. You might think philosophy is woo-woo, and much of it is like Hume’s assertion that there is no causality. Nonetheless, the book gave a good introduction into the subject which, most importantly, let you feel more interested into the subject after going through t The book was overall good and sometimes great!