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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 08, St Fu rated it did not like it. The title misuses the term "Philosophy of Science" as if it didn't already have a long standing and useful meaning. Though this book is arguably philosophy as applied to science, our language already has terms that describe what it is doing--"cultural studies," or "critical theory," and I say this as someone who is politically in accord with what this book is trying to do.


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It treats science as the enemy which I'll admit it often resembles but without taking science's actual value seriously. For The title misuses the term "Philosophy of Science" as if it didn't already have a long standing and useful meaning. For example, take the quote "In over five decades of science development, most of the Third World countries have nothing to show for it. The benefits of science just refuse to trickle down to the poor. I grant you that the "Third World" a phrase from the middle of last century which needs to be updated has been left behind, often intentionally, from much we in the west take for granted, but I'd blame capitalism and power politics and plain old greed something which long preceded Galileo before considering science's role.

Science has been developing for way more than five decades and leaving the poor behind for way more as well, so I also wonder about that choice of phrase, which coincidentally matches the age of the term "Third world.

The real problem with the book is that the author doesn't seem to know any actual science. He takes the second law of thermodynamics as a cultural artifact, and it does presume our culture's ideas of measurement, but I never get the feeling that he knows what it actually is trying to encompass. It mainly targets the "soft sciences" which are low hanging fruit while never discussing the reasons why they are called "soft. And to add to the above, I found the graphics a weak feature, uninspiring and unattractive.

Nov 07, Dana Robinson rated it did not like it. This book is utter trash. Less about the philosophy of science and more about the sociology. That is an interesting topic on its own, of course, but then maybe change the title to reflect that? At any rate, the book is riddled with postmodernist rubbish and factual errors and is difficult to take seriously. Jul 30, Jasmine Swei rated it liked it. Seriously misguiding at the start, some elements of prejudice found, illustrations are delightful, nevertheless covers an impressively substantial ground of sociology of science in pages so..

Utter garbage. Sociological attack on science as "white western male" nothing about the actual philosophy of science. Dec 13, Alexandru rated it did not like it. If you want to read about gender and racial bias in science, this is the book for you. Although short and using a bad format. The title of the book should be changed to science ethics. Useless reading for my taste.

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The whole book in one definition of science page 15 and I quote: "Science is a sexist and chauvinist enterprise that promotes the values of white, middle-class males. View 1 comment.

Jun 01, Evgeny Kandybko rated it did not like it. There are several redeeming parts in it, like the very, very brief history of science, the section on Logical Positivism, Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper, as well as the section near the end it where it describes how current scientific research is controlled by corporate interests. Unfortunately, given the biased nature of the rest of the book, I cannot trust the information presented there. The bulk of the book is written fro "Don't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind, and not in the good sense. The bulk of the book is written from a sociology perspective about how Western civilizations have been exploiting other cultures and how women have been absent from scientific inquiry for most of history which is not untrue, but if I wanted to read about that I would have bought a different book.

Aug 08, Aivija rated it it was ok Shelves: science. While raising good points about the racism, sexism and the west-centricity in science, it was quite dry and barely talked about the philosophy, mainly focusing on the ethics of science. Which is cool and all, but it's not what the cover of the book says. The illustrations didn't really add anything either. This one has a story line!

This short volume actually had a story line that was much easier to grasp than other books in this series.

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It was a delight to read. It was more connected than others in this series. Good read. Dec 31, Michael rated it did not like it Shelves: nonfiction , science. Not good. I think I wanted a book about ethics. Dec 15, Earl rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy. On-the-spot review: For a philosophy graduate student, this might seem to be a simplified textbook of sorts on the philosophy of science; however, that is not a bad thing, and in fact, it is the strongest point of this book as an "introductory text," in a very loose sense of the word. It was able to compress into or so pages the whole history and philosophy of science, seducing the reader through its catchy and creative art.

Compared to other "Introducing" and "For Beginners" books, this one On-the-spot review: For a philosophy graduate student, this might seem to be a simplified textbook of sorts on the philosophy of science; however, that is not a bad thing, and in fact, it is the strongest point of this book as an "introductory text," in a very loose sense of the word. Compared to other "Introducing" and "For Beginners" books, this one was able to let the viewer see the horizon of the topic without compromising content and depth of information presented both in the artworks and in the short paragraphs.

This is a must-see for the serious researcher, I should say. Oct 25, Marco rated it liked it. Nonetheless, it's clear and carefully conceived, and quite a pleasurable reading if one's not entirely new to the topics discussed. Nov 17, Icon Books rated it it was amazing. Is science "value-free"? May 30, Rahell Omer rated it it was ok Shelves: philosophy. It was close to give me an oat cell carcinoma. Thankfully, I detected the lesion soon and Aug 12, Bader rated it really liked it Shelves: science.

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