Ian Hacking writes in a clear way that makes philosophy seem alive. Whereas most philosophy writers put me to sleep, Hacking inspires me to learn more.
I knew that Karl Popper was not the sort of positivist included in most lists of philosophers. In this book Professor Hacking claims that Popper was not a positivist at all according to his list of criteria and he explains why.
Although my reading is informed by master's degrees in both social and physical science, I believe readers without much background in science would be able to understand the arguments in this book, mainly because Professor Hacking gives the background information needed.
Any reader who does have difficulty grasping the points raised about Faraday or Lavoisier can get enough by reading the Wikipedia entries for these scientists. The same would apply to the historians Max Weber and Thomas Kuhn.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophy or science.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (20 October 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521282462
- ISBN-13: 978-0521282468
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 463 g
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