I found the exposition in parts of this book quite poor. The prose is often pretty cryptic, there were some typographical errors that led me down detours while I tried to work through the details, so it took a lot of work (for me at least) to figure out some of the steps. The fact that a lot of the examples are of "toy" problems doesn't help see how the framework developed could be used for anything.
This is one of those books that should say "Some assembly required" on the cover.
I still think this is an important book, and that it deserves considerably more influence in academic philosophy, especially in the literature on causal process theories (developments of the work of Reichenbach and Salmon) and relations between theories in philosophy of science.
This isn't easy, and it's not obvious what it's useful for, but it's still very good. I'm not sure what the theoretical computer scientists make of it.
- Hardcover: 292 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (28 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521583861
- ISBN-13: 978-0521583862
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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