Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Second Edition (2nd Edition) Spiral-Bound |

Peter Godfrey-Smith

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How does science work? Does it tell us what the world is “really” like? What makes it different from other ways of understanding the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses these questions by taking the reader on a grand tour of more than a hundred years of debate about science. The result is a completely accessible introduction to the main themes of the philosophy of science. Examples and asides engage the beginning student, a glossary of terms explains key concepts, and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. 

Like no other text in this field, Theory and Reality combines a survey of recent history of the philosophy of science with current key debates that any beginning scholar or critical reader can follow. The second edition is thoroughly updated and expanded by the author with a new chapter on truth, simplicity, and models in science.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Original Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 022661865X
Item Weight: 1.3 lbs
Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.0 x 8.9 inches
Customer Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars 1,001 to 10,000 ratings
"An excellent overview of the philosophy of science from the early 20th century onward. . . . Recommended."
Peter Godfrey-Smith is professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of many books, including Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness and Philosophy of Biology.