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Routledge Library Editions: History & Philosophy of Science


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History and Philosophy of Science reprints a distinguished selection of important texts published in this field over the last century. This set presents a unique opportunity to gain comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the history and philosophy of science.

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The Social Impact of Modern Biology

The Social Impact of Modern Biology

1st Edition

By Fuller Watson
October 03, 2008

Originally published in 1971. Discoveries in modern biology can radically change human life as we know it. As our understanding of living processes, such as inheritance, grows, so do the possibilities of applying these results for good and evil, such as the treatment of disease, the control of ...

Method in the Physical Sciences

Method in the Physical Sciences

1st Edition

By G Schlesinger
April 09, 2013

Originally published in 1963. Can one discern certain regularities in the manoeuvrings and techniques employed by scientists and can these be formulated into the methodological principles of science? What is the origin and basis of such principles? Are they imposed by objective realities, do they ...

Objectivity, Science and Society Interpreting nature and society in the age of the crisis of science

Objectivity, Science and Society: Interpreting nature and society in the age of the crisis of science

1st Edition

By Paul A Komesaroff
April 09, 2013

Originally published in 1986. This work remains of compelling interest to those concerned with the natural sciences and their social problems. It puts forward original and unorthodox ideas about the philosophy of and sociology of science, starting from the conviction that modern societies face deep...

Philosophy and Scientific Realism

Philosophy and Scientific Realism

1st Edition

By J J C Smart
April 09, 2013

Originally published in 1963. In an introductory chapter the author argues that philosophy ought to be more than the art of clarifying thought and that it should concern itself with outlining a scientifically plausible world view. Early chapters deal with phenomenalism and the reality of ...

Beyond Empiricism Philosophy of Science in Sociology

Beyond Empiricism: Philosophy of Science in Sociology

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Tudor
March 11, 2013

Originally published in 1982. This volume explores some features of modern philosophy of science from the point of view of their utility for sociology’s self-understanding. Recently philosophers of science have broken with the empiricism once fundamental to their discipline, and have sought ...

British Scientists of the Twentieth Century

British Scientists of the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

By J G Crowther
October 24, 2008

Originally published in 1952. Following on from British Scientists of the Nineteenth Century, this volume covers six eminent British scientists whose work and personality have not receded into the same depth of perspective as their predecessors of the Nineteenth Century, but the tremendous changes ...

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

1st Edition

By Len & Roger Doyal & Harris
October 14, 2013

Originally published in 1986. All students of social science must confront a number of important philosophical issues. This introduction to the philosophy of the social sciences provides coherent answers to questions about empiricism, explanation and rationality. It evaluates contemporary writings ...

Evidence and Explanation in Social Science An Inter-disciplinary Approach

Evidence and Explanation in Social Science: An Inter-disciplinary Approach

1st Edition

Edited By Gerald Studdert-Kennedy
October 14, 2013

Originally published in 1975. The main concern of this book is the nature of the gap between the theoretical issues, raised at an abstract level by social scientists, and their facts, the material organized in an empirical analysis. The author draws on material from several disciplines to explore ...

Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief The Unresolved Conflict

Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief: The Unresolved Conflict

1st Edition

By David Lack
October 14, 2013

Originally published in 1957. This book is concerned with the conflict between "Darwinism" as the Victorians called it, and Christianity, a conflict here re-stated in modern terms because it so vitally affects our understanding of human nature and human values today. The opening chapter describes ...

Experience and Theory An Essay in the Philosophy of Science

Experience and Theory: An Essay in the Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

By Stephan Korner
October 14, 2013

Originally published in 1966. This volume analyzes the general structure of scientific theories, their relation to experience and to non-scientific thought. Part One is concerned with the logic underlying empirical discourse before its subjection to the various constraints, imposed by the ...

Foundations of Inference in Natural Science

Foundations of Inference in Natural Science

1st Edition

Edited By J O Wisdom
October 14, 2013

Originally published in 1952. This book is a critical survey of the views of scientific inference that have been developed since the end of World War I. It contains some detailed exposition of ideas – notably of Keynes – that were cryptically put forward, often quoted, but nowhere explained. Part I...

Darwin and the Naked Lady Discursive Essays on Biology and Art

Darwin and the Naked Lady: Discursive Essays on Biology and Art

1st Edition

By Alex Comfort
August 06, 2013

Originally published in 1961. The essays in this volume focus on the awareness of science and art, evolution and Freudian psychology. Besides the chapter on Darwin and Freud, the author discusses criticism, the fantasy element in drama and popular literature, the history of the novel, the ...

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