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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides a lively andaccessible introduction to current key issues and debates in thisarea. The classic philosophical questions about methodology,progress, rationality and reality are addressed by reference toexamples from the full range of natural and social sciences. LisaBortolotti uses a historically-informed perspective on theevolution of science and includes a thorough discussion of theethical implications of scientific research. Special attention ispaid to the complex relationship between the advancement ofscience, policy making and public interest and to the continuitybetween scientific research and other human activities.

The book is designed to help students think for themselves aboutthe issues identified above, and includes information tables andquestions for further reflection to support all stages of theteaching and learning experience, from the comprehension of primaryand other secondary texts to debate and essay writing. It alsoincludes a thematic bibliography and a glossary of technicalterms.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science is an excellentintroduction to philosophy for students and provides researchers ofscientific disciplines with an opportunity to reflect upon thevalue and impact of their work. It is also a stimulating read foranybody who is interested in the philosophical issues raised by thestatus of scientific knowledge, the practice of science and therole of experts in contemporary society.

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Lisa Bortolotti is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

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"Without presupposing any prior knowledge of either philosophy orscience, Lisa Bortolotti explains all the central issues clearlyand adds some interesting twists of her own. This is an excellentfirst book for anybody who wants to understand the relation betweenscientific theorizing and reality."
David Papineau, King's College, London

"What are scientists really trying to prove anyway? AnIntroduction to the Philosophy of Science seeks to examine thevery fundamental nature of science. In a way, it is the science ofscience. Filled with classical philosophical questions aboutscience and how human ideas and thoughts concerning science havechanged through the years, to the constant raging debates of today,An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides asmuch insight into science as philosophy can bring. A riveting andeducational read, highly recommended."
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"Lisa Bortolotti's An Introduction to the Philosophy ofScience is clearly written and structured and the manyexercises interspersed in the text will be very useful for teachersand students wanting to test what has been learned. The chapter onethics is a welcome addition to standard topics such asdemarcation, confirmation and realism."
James Ladyman, University of Bristol

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