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Science & Education

, Volume 24, Issue 9–10, pp 1251–1253 | Cite as

Using History of Philosophy in Philosophy of Science

Lydia Patton (ed) (2014) Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader. Routledge, New York and London, ISBN: 978-0-415-89831-7, 469 pp, US$56.68 (paperback)
  • Ivan Ferreira da Cunha
Book Review

Philosophy, Science, and History is an anthology, consisting mostly of excerpts from important texts in philosophy of science. Some of these texts were written in the tradition of philosophy of science as a discipline. However, most of them come from older times when there was not much of a separation between science and philosophy and reflecting about science was a way of doing science—the tradition known as natural philosophy.

The book contains a total of 29 chapters, the first of which is a general introduction, and the remaining 28 are grouped in two parts, each with a brief summary presenting the themes discussed. The first part, “Approaches to the History and Philosophy of Science”, aims at presenting classical twentieth-century approaches to philosophy of science. It contains an introduction by the editor and texts by George Santayana, Carl Hempel, Hans Reichenbach, Thomas Kuhn, Imre Lakatos, Martin Rudwick, and Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer. It focuses on philosophical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CAPES, Philosophy Graduate ProgramState University of Maringá (UEM)Maringá, ParanáBrazil

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