Philosophy in Science

An Historical Introduction

Authors: Heller, Michael

  • Focuses on the deep relationship between philosophical concepts and modern scientific theory
  • Traces the complex historical paths along which basic concepts of the natural world have evolved
  • Written by an esteemed philosopher and author, who is also the winner of the 2008 Templeton Prize
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The traditional topics of the "philosophy of nature" — space, time, causality, the structure of the universe — are overwhelmingly present in our modern scientific theories. This book traces the complex paths that discussion of these topics has followed, from Plato and Aristotle, through Descartes, Leibniz, Kant and other great thinkers, right up to the relativistic cosmologies and the grand unified theories of contemporary science. In the light of this historical development, it becomes clear that modern science gives us not only a technological power over the world, but also a deeper understanding of physical reality. In this sense, science could be regarded as an heir to the traditional "philosophy of nature". Moreover, the reader will learn why science itself deserves to be the subject of philosophical reflection.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The First Task of the Philosophy of Nature—The Problem of Elementarity

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 1-6

  • The Philosophical Myth of Creation—The Platonic Philosophy of Nature

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 7-15

  • Aristotle’s Physics

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 17-29

  • Aristotle’s Method of Cosmological Speculation

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 31-36

  • Descartes’ Mechanism

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 37-46

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eBook $84.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-44651-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy in Science
Book Subtitle
An Historical Introduction
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Michael Heller, 2001
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-17705-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-17705-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-17704-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44651-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 167
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