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Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide [Hardcover]

Fritz Allhoff

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12 Jan 2010 1405199954 978-1405199957
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 of a variety of scientific disciplines Explores a wide variety of individual sciences, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology and economics The essays are written by leading scholars in a highly accessible style for the student audience Complements more traditional studies of philosophy of science

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"To summarize, Philosophies of the Sciences is a collection of clearly written, very informative, high–quality chapters that provide readers with good samples of what the philosophies of the various sciences have to offer." (Acta Biotheoretica, 2011)  

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"Gone are the days when it seemed reasonable to regard philosophy of science as a monolithic enterprise. The various sciences give rise to their own distinctive philosophical problems, frustrating attempts at unified treatments. This excellent volume recognizes the diversity of philosophical concerns and approaches that the sciences demand. It offers both an aerial view of the relevant intellectual terrain, and a number of close–up surveys – a state–of–the–art resource for students and researchers alike." — Alan Hájek , Australian National University "This welcome addition to the philosophy of science literature will introduce readers to the fertile ground lying between philosophy and real scientific practice." — Colin Allen , Indiana University–Bloomington

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