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Brute Science: Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation

Brute Science: Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation

1st Edition

Hugh LaFollette, Niall Shanks
August 10, 2016

Brute Science investigates whether biomedical research using animals is, in fact, scientifically justified. Hugh LaFollette and Niall Shanks examine the issues in scientific terms using the models that scientists themselves use. They argue that we need to reassess our use of animals and, indeed,...

Mathematics and the Image of Reason

Mathematics and the Image of Reason

1st Edition

Mary Tiles
April 07, 2015

A thorough account of the philosophy of mathematics. In a cogent account the author argues against the view that mathematics is solely logic....

Time, Space and Philosophy

Time, Space and Philosophy

1st Edition

Christopher Ray
April 24, 2014

This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible introduction to the philosophy of space and time. Ray considers in detail the central questions of space and time which arizse from the ideas of Zeno, Newton, Mach, Leibniz and Einstein. Time, Space and Philosophy extends the debate in...

Metaphysics of Consciousness

Metaphysics of Consciousness

1st Edition

William Seager
April 14, 2014

Metaphysics of Consciousness opens with a development of the physicalist outlook that denies the need for any explanation of the mental. This "inexplicability" is demonstrated not to be sufficient as refutation of physicalism. However, the inescapable particularity of modes of consciousness...

The Philosophical Defence of Psychiatry

The Philosophical Defence of Psychiatry

1st Edition

Lawrie Reznek
November 04, 2011

By first analysing the arguments of psychiatry's critics and the philosophical ideas of such thinkers as Freud, Eysenck, Laing, Szasz, Sedgwick and Foucault and by then providing answers to the many contentious and diverse questions raised, Dr. Reznek aims to establish a philosophical defence of...

Psychological Knowledge: A Social History and Philosophy

Psychological Knowledge: A Social History and Philosophy

1st Edition

Martin Kusch
March 30, 2006

Psychologists and philosophers have assumed that psychological knowledge is knowledge about, and held by, the individual mind. Psychological Knowledge challenges these views. It argues that bodies of psychological knowledge are social institutions like money or the monarchy, and that mental states...

Is Science Value Free?: Values and Scientific Understanding

Is Science Value Free?: Values and Scientific Understanding

1st Edition

Hugh Lacey
May 20, 2004

Exploring the role of values in scientific inquiry, Hugh Lacey examines the nature and meaning of values, and looks at challenges to the view, posed by postmodernists, feminists, radical ecologists, Third-World advocates and religious fundamentalists, that science is value free. He also focuses on...

Philosophical Theories of Probability

Philosophical Theories of Probability

1st Edition

Donald Gillies
August 24, 2000

The Twentieth Century has seen a dramatic rise in the use of probability and statistics in almost all fields of research. This has stimulated many new philosophical ideas on probability. Philosophical Theories of Probability is the first book to present a clear, comprehensive and systematic account...

Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

André Kukla
May 25, 2000

Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it?André Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that...

Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth

Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth

1st Edition

Stathis Psillos
October 21, 1999

Scientific realism is the optimistic view that modern science is on the right track: that the world really is the way our best scientific theories describe it . In his book, Stathis Psillos gives us a detailed and comprehensive study which restores the intuitive plausibility of scientific realism....

Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to a World of Proofs and Pictures

Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to a World of Proofs and Pictures

1st Edition

James Robert Brown
July 29, 1999

Philosophy of Mathematics is an excellent introductory text. This student friendly book discusses the great philosophers and the importance of mathematics to their thought. It includes the following topics:* the mathematical image* platonism* picture-proofs* applied mathematics* Hilbert and Godel...

The Ethics of Science: An Introduction

The Ethics of Science: An Introduction

1st Edition

David B. Resnik
March 26, 1998

Ethics of Science is a comprehensive and student-friendly introduction to the study of ethics in science and scientific research. The book covers: * Science and Ethics * Ethical Theory and Applications * Science as a Profession * Standards of Ethical Conduct in Science * Objectivity in Research *...

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