For an undergraduate course in philosophy of science I
took at University of Copenhagen in 1998, taught by
Jan Faye, we used Alexander Bird's textbook called
Philosophy of Science, published by UCL Press in 1998.
I found it to be a good introduction to philosophy of
science, although from the perspective of an
undergraduate student in philosophy. Bird takes the
reader through topics like realism, natural kinds,
natural laws, explanation, skepticism, induction and
inference, and probability, and the thrust is the
search for the/a scientific method. Bird, being a
skeptic anti-realist as far as I read him, concludes
that there is no one scientific method that works for
all the sciences at all times, in fact, there might
not be any scientific method at all.
The book is well written, Bird uses clear and not too
technical language, and it was very accessible for me
and the other students I talked to about the book.
Loyola University Chicago
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