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  1. Philosophy of Science
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  2. Philosophy of Science

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What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

These thinkers responded in one way or another to logical positivism, the dominant movement influencing the philosophy of science during the first half of the 20th century - a movement whose eventual demise is an object lesson in how truly difficult it is to secure the logical foundations of a subject that seems so unassailably logical: science.

The philosophy of science can be abstract and theoretical, but it is also surprisingly practical. Science plays a pivotal role in our society, and a rigorous study of its philosophical foundations sheds light on the ideas, methods, institutions, and habits of mind that have so astonishingly and successfully transformed our world.

In the course of these 36 stimulating lectures, you will investigate a wide range of philosophical approaches to science, including empiricism, constructivism, scientific realism, and Bayesianism. You'll also examine such concepts as natural kinds, bridge laws, Hume's fork, the covering-law model, the hypothetico-deductive model, and inference to the best explanation (mistakenly called "deduction" in the Sherlock Holmes stories).

Professor Kasser shows how these and other tools allow us to take apart scientific arguments and examine their inner workings - all the while remaining an impartial guide as you navigate the arguments among different philosophers during the past 100 years.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
The Great Courses
Binding
Audible Audio Edition
Format
Original recording
IsAdultProduct
Label
The Great Courses
Manufacturer
The Great Courses
PublicationDate
2013-07-08
Publisher
The Great Courses
ReleaseDate
2013-07-08
Studio
The Great Courses
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

As Kasser notes, philosophy is hard, and science is hard, so philosophy of science is doubly hard. Indeed, I found this course to be quite demanding, despite having some background in this subject.

The difficulty stems mostly from the material itself. But I also think that Kasser could have presented the material in a more straightforward way, especially considering the TTC audience. Instead, he isn't able to completely shed the typically somewhat obfuscating style of an academic analytic philosopher. He can also come across as a bit smug sometimes, which is certainly atypical for a TTC lecturer.

Overall though, the course covers a subject which is actually quite practical once one gets a handle on it, so it's worth the effort, and Kasser serves as an at least passable guide.

Recommended (only) for those with some background in philosophy and/or science, and willing to do some intellectual hard work.
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