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This comprehensive textbook provides a clear nontechnical introduction to the philosophy of science. Through asking whether science can provide us with objective knowledge of the world, the book provides a thorough and accessible guide to the key thinkers and debates that define the field. George Couvalis surveys traditional themes around theory and observation, induction, probability, falsification and rationality as well as more recent challenges to objectivity including relativistic, feminist and sociological readings. This provides a helpful framework in which to locate the key intellectual contributions to these debates, ranging from those of Mill and Hume, through Popper and Kuhn to Laudan, Bloor and Garfinkel among others.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761951018
ISBN-10: 0761951016
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 10-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - S. George Couvalis

George Couvalis is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Philosophy at Flinders University of South Australia.