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Presumably, there are limits to what science can tell us about our lives. But has the advent of new technologies - such as nuclear power and genetics - inclined us to rely on scientists more, or to doubt their pronouncements? The questions raised by such developments are as much philosophical as scientific. Can you copyright a gene? Can knowledge ever be wholly objective? Are certain types of scientific knowledge better left undiscovered? Here, Gareth Southwell gives a valuable insight into the shared roots of science and philosophy, and considers how philosophical questions have often shaped the development of scientific knowledge. From ancient Greece to the modern day, through topics including realism, positivism and feminism, he looks at the controversies that have haunted the discipline and its leading innovators, including Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn. With every concept introduced in straightforward, clear language, 50 Philosophy of Science Ideas You Really Need to Know will help you understand and engage with the cutting edge of scientific debate. Examining issues such as how philosophical and religious problems affect the practice of science; how shifts in knowledge have taken science forward; and the search for truth, this book is the ideal introduction to a wide-ranging and controversial field.
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Natural philosophy. Appearance and reality. Knowledge. Demonstration. The language of maths. Experiment and observation. Eliminative induction. Rationalism. Mechanism. Empiricism. The problem of induction. Newtonian method. Laplace's demon. Ockham's razor. Materialism. Realism. Teleology. Scepticism. Idealism. Science and ethics. Positivism. Vitalism. Abduction. Falsification. Science and god. Science and utopia. Metaphysics. Artificial intelligence. Pragmatism. Gaia theory. The Duhem-Quine thesis. Creation. Chaos. Paradigm shifts. Phenomenalism. Natural kinds. Research programmes. Anti-Realism. Reduction. Underdetermination. Incompleteness. Epistemological anarchism. Supervenience. Non-Euclidean space. Indeterminacy. Kant. Special relativity. Science and phenomenology. The science wars. Science and gender.