Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 9, pp 2363–2367 | Cite as

Steven French and Juha Saatsi: The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science

Continuum International Publishing Group, London, 2011, ISBN: HB: 978-1-4411-8761-1, 465 pp, price $190
  • Milena Ivanova
Book Review

The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science offers a current and detailed presentation of central debates in philosophy of science. One of the strongest points of this companion, in comparison to other recently published companions to the philosophy of science, is that the editors go into great effort to outline currently growing problems and positions in philosophy of science and in this way provide a valuable guide to the topics that are likely to dominate the future of the discipline. As a consequence, the Companion offers not only a presentation of the central issues in philosophy of science today, but also indicates the most exciting current and future topics of research, making it a necessary tool not only for students who are looking to familiarise themselves with particular issues in philosophy of science, but for any researcher interested in the development of the discipline.

The Companionconsists of four parts. In the first part we are introduced to the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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