Philosophy in Science

An Historical Introduction

  • Michael Heller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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About this book

Introduction

The traditional topics of the "philosophy of nature" — space, time, causality, the structure of the universe — are overwhelmingly present in our modern scientific theories. This book traces the complex paths that discussion of these topics has followed, from Plato and Aristotle, through Descartes, Leibniz, Kant and other great thinkers, right up to the relativistic cosmologies and the grand unified theories of contemporary science. In the light of this historical development, it becomes clear that modern science gives us not only a technological power over the world, but also a deeper understanding of physical reality. In this sense, science could be regarded as an heir to the traditional "philosophy of nature". Moreover, the reader will learn why science itself deserves to be the subject of philosophical reflection.

Keywords

History of science Philosophical concepts in science Philosophy of science Science as a philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Heller
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  1. 1.TarnowPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17705-7
  • Copyright Information Michael Heller, 2001 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-17704-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-17705-7
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