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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview and introduction to philosophy of science, of reasonable depth
I have to admit it took me a little while to get into this book. This is not helped by the transition from the first 2 chapters, which are a relatively gentle introduction to the subject, to a fairly sudden transition to more depth. I also occasionally found the authors style irritating - but I think this is a personal thing as he writes clearly and well, and others may...
Published on 19 May 2012 by R. Newton

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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite lazy and imprecise
There are many typos (e.g: top of page 70, he writes ''mind-dependent'', he means, crucially, 'mind-INdependent'; bottom of that paragraph; surely 'the languages that CONTAIN them', not, as he writes, 'the languages that express them'; since when do languages express sentences?; and THE SAME PAGE: he writes 'explananda to explanans', when he means 'explananda to...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview and introduction to philosophy of science, of reasonable depth, 19 May 2012
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This review is from: Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) (Paperback)
I have to admit it took me a little while to get into this book. This is not helped by the transition from the first 2 chapters, which are a relatively gentle introduction to the subject, to a fairly sudden transition to more depth. I also occasionally found the authors style irritating - but I think this is a personal thing as he writes clearly and well, and others may enjoy his style. The book is worth persevering with if you also struggle with it. The last 4 chapters are excellent, and really explain in fairly concise, but clear way, the variety of challenges that Science, and the philosophy of science have had to deal with over the past few decades.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite lazy and imprecise, 1 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) (Paperback)
There are many typos (e.g: top of page 70, he writes ''mind-dependent'', he means, crucially, 'mind-INdependent'; bottom of that paragraph; surely 'the languages that CONTAIN them', not, as he writes, 'the languages that express them'; since when do languages express sentences?; and THE SAME PAGE: he writes 'explananda to explanans', when he means 'explananda to explanantia'). Some of the sentences don't make sense (for example: page 83, 5th line: 'those grounds'; which grounds?). There are category-errors. He doesn't specify whether he's talking about linguistic expressions or objects. It's just quite lazy. Write a better book, if it's a major introduction to the subject?
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