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From: Bjoern Moeller (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 13:49:08 EDT

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    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.


    Bjorn Moller
    Philosophy Dept.
    Loyola University Chicago


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