Current Controversies in Philosophy of Science asks twelve philosophers to debate six questions (two philosophers per debate) that are driving contemporary work in this area of philosophy. But each question also leads readers back to more general issues and shows how these general issues play out in contemporary debates. The result is a book that’s perfect for the advanced student, building up her knowledge of the foundations of the field while also engaging with its cutting-edge questions. Preliminary descriptions of each chapter, annotated bibliographies for each controversy, study questions, and a supplemental guide to further controversies in philosophy of science (with bibliographies) help provide clearer and richer snapshots of active controversies for all readers.
Shamik Dasgupta, Princeton University
Brad Weslake, University of Rochester
PART I:Is there scientific evidence for design?
PART II: What is the role of mathematics in scientific explanation?
PART III: Is space(time) fundamental?
PART IV: When can we test fundamental theories against all the alternatives?
PART V: Are all chances grounded by statistical mechanical chances?
PART VI: Are sexes natural kinds?
In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today.