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  • Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparisonby LÚna Soler; Howard Sankey; Paul Hoyningen-huene

    Springer 2008; US$ 239.00

    The volume is a collection of essays devoted to the analysis of scientific change and stability. It explores the balance and tension that exist between commensurability and continuity on the one hand, and incommensurability and discontinuity on the other. Moreover, it discusses some central epistemological consequences regarding the nature of scientific... more...

  • Natural Laws in Scientific Practiceby Marc Lange

    Oxford University Press, USA 2000; US$ 49.99

    It is often presumed that the laws of nature have special significance for scientific reasoning. But the laws' distinctive roles have proven notoriously difficult to identify--leading some philosophers to question if they hold such roles at all. This study offers original accounts of the roles that natural laws play in connection with counterfactual... more...

  • French Studies in the Philosophy of Scienceby Jean Gayon; Anastasios Brenner

    Springer 2009; US$ 269.00

    Showcases French philosophy of science by illustrating the different methods employed: logico-linguistic analysis, rational reconstruction and historical inquiry. This book explains the development of philosophy of science in France, the various schools of thought and methods as well as the major concepts and their significance. more...

  • Denialismby Michael Specter

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 16.00

    "A superb and convincing work." -Malcolm Gladwell At a time when our planet is in dire peril, Americans mistrust science more than ever. Few journalists appreciate what is at stake better than Michael Specter, who has spent the last twenty years reporting on everything from the AIDS epidemic to the digital revolution. In Denialism , he eloquently... more...

  • Philosophies of the Sciencesby Fritz Allhoff

    Wiley 2009; US$ 142.95

    A collection of essays discussing a wide range of sciences and the central philosophical issues associated with them, presenting the sciences collectively to encourage a greater understanding of their associative theoretical foundations, as well as their relationships to each other. Offers a new and unique approach to studying and comparing the philosophies... more...

  • A Second Genesisby Julian Chela-Flores

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2008; US$ 91.00

    A Second Genesis enquires why nature is intelligible. The fast growth of technology and deeper understanding of the humanities have provided significant clues. Answering the question why nature can be understood requires an introduction to the new science of astrobiology and the exploration of the Solar System. A careful discussion of a “second... more...

  • The March of Unreasonby Dick Taverne

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 18.99

    Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice... more...

  • The One Culture?by Jay A. Labinger; Harry Collins

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    So far the "Science Wars" have generated far more heat than light. Combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue about the central issues. In The One Culture?, Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins... more...

  • Bad Scienceby Ben Goldacre

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 15.99

    Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren?t medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry,... more...

  • A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophyby John F. W. Herschel

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    Originally published in 1830, this book can be called the first modern work in the philosophy of science, covering an extraordinary range of philosophical, methodological, and scientific subjects.  "Herschel's book . . . brilliantly analyzes both the history and nature of science."—Keith Stewart Thomson, American Scientist more...