Category Archives: Philosophy

Problems, philosophy and politics of climate science

This book is a critical appraisal of the status of the so-called Climate Sciences (CS). These are contributed by many other basic sciences like physics, geology, chemistry and as such employ theoretical and experimental methods. In the last few decades, … Continue reading

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Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy of Nature: System and Method in What is Philosophy?

For its elliptical style, What is Philosophy? appears to be fragmentary and inscrutable, and its reception has been correspondingly contentious. Following an intimation by Gilles Deleuze himself, this article proposes that his final book, written in collaboration with Félix Guattari, … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Social Evolution

From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behavior. In the early 1960s, Bill Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behavior evolves. He introduced three key innovations – now known as … Continue reading

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Science as Social Existence: Heidegger and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

Jeff Kochan’s book is distinguished by clearly formulated theses, convincing arguments, and far-reaching consequences. It continues the tradition of existential-phenomenological theories of science begun by Joseph Kockelmans, Patrick Heelan, Theodore Kisiel, and Martin Eger. The seven chapters focus on the … Continue reading

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Philosophy for Children

In the United States, philosophy typically makes its formal entry into the curriculum at the college level. A growing number of high schools offer some introduction to philosophy, often in special literature courses for college-bound students. In Europe and many … Continue reading

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Introduction to Philosophy of Complex Systems

This present essay and its matching closing essay ([Hooker-b, this volume]2) are intended to be complementary and between them provide at least a first presentation of an intellectual framework for understanding the foundational and philosophical issues raised by the complex systems revolution. The … Continue reading

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Women in philosophy: A reading list

This March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, the OUP Philosophy team will be celebrating Women in Philosophy. The philosophy discipline has long been perceived as male-dominated, so we want to recognize some of the incredible female philosophers from the … Continue reading

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Probabilistic knowledge

Traditional philosophical discussions of knowledge have focused on the epistemic status of full beliefs. Sarah Moss argues that in addition to full beliefs, credences can constitute knowledge. For instance, your 0.4 credence that it is raining outside can constitute knowledge, … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Climate Science

Eric Winsberg’s book is timely and ambitious. One of his explicit goals is to make “a plea for a proper appreciation of the richness and complexity of climate science” aimed at philosophers of science, so that we might “appreciate the … Continue reading

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Theoretical Virtues in Science: Uncovering Reality through Theory

Samuel Schindler’s book is an impressive achievement: it presents four interlocking arguments for scientific realism — one central, the other three supporting — that taken together are novel, interesting, and worth serious study. So if you are interested in new … Continue reading

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