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  • Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introductionby Samir Okasha

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary 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, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also... more...

  • The Moral Arcby Michael Shermer

    Henry Holt and Co. 2015; US$ 12.74

    Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand... more...

  • Social Practicesby Theodore R. Schatzki

    Cambridge University Press 1996; US$ 37.00 US$ 30.34

    Addresses the basic structures of social life drawing on the work of Wittgenstein. more...

  • Broca's Brainby Carl Sagan

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 7.99

    Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consquences, and other provocative, fascinating quandries of the future that we want to see today. From the... more...

  • Studies in Scientific Realismby Andre Kukla

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 134.99 US$ 116.09

    This book offers a superbly clear analysis of the standard arguments for and against scientific realism. In surveying claims on both sides of the debate, Kukla organizes them in ways that expose unnoticed connections. He identifies broad patterns of error, reconciles seemingly incompatible positions, and discovers unoccupied positions with the potential... more...

  • Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolutionby Jason Scott Robert

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 37.00 US$ 30.34

    This book explores the nature of development against current trends in biological theory and practice. more...

  • Experts in Uncertaintyby Roger M. Cooke; Kristin Shrader-Frechette

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 189.99 US$ 163.39

    This book is an extensive survey and critical examination of the literature on the use of expert opinion in scientific inquiry and policy making. The elicitation, representation, and use of expert opinion is increasingly important for two reasons: advancing technology leads to more and more complex decision problems, and technologists are turning... more...

  • Science and Reasonby Henry E. Jr. Kyburg

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 144.99 US$ 124.69

    In this work Henry Kyburg presents his views on a wide range of philosophical problems associated with the study and practice of science and mathematics. The main structure of the book consists of a presentation of Kyburg's notions of epistemic probability and its use in the scientific enterprise i.e., the effort to modify previously adopted beliefs... more...

  • The Nature of Explanationby Peter Achinstein

    Oxford University Press 1985; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    This book offers a new approach to scientific explanation by focusing initially on the act in which someone explains something, then upon the "product" of that act--an explanation--and finally upon the evaluation of that product. The theory of explanation Achinstein develops is used to assess leading models of scientific explanation in the literature,... more...

  • Science, Truth, and Democracyby Philip Kitcher

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 30.99 US$ 26.65

    Striving to boldly redirect the philosophy of science, this book by renowned philosopher Philip Kitcher examines the heated debate surrounding the role of science in shaping our lives. Kitcher explores the sharp divide between those who believe that the pursuit of scientific knowledge is always valuable and necessary--the purists--and those who believe... more...