, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 505-506
Date: 24 Jun 2011

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Exploring the Scientific Method is a very well-worked out and innovative proposal for teaching philosophy of science. The key idea is simple and very neat. Students who attend philosophy of science courses will normally have very diverse backgrounds and interests. They will be keen to study (and to learn what philosophy of science has to say about) different sciences. Why not then tailor a philosophy of science course in such a way that students can choose the science or domain in which they will (be called to) apply the core philosophical ideas, problems, and approaches they are being taught? Steven Gimbel focuses on a course that aims at the philosophical study of the scientific method. The standard topics (the various approaches to method, the issues of justification, the paradoxes of confirmation, holism, the role of models, etc.) are treated at two levels. There is first a short introduction of the main issues, which aims to flag the key players and moves (e.g., on inductivism or ...