This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of science

The branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, presumptions and implications of science, including the physical, environmental and social sciences. The main purposes are critical (to expose confused or mistaken interpretations); overview (the rationale of scientific change, how specific beliefs develop and change, how scientific concepts and terms are produced and used, how specific beliefs are considered knowledge, and how concepts of scientific reasoning and knowledge are formulated), and detailing (through detailed case studies showing how methods and beliefs have developed, including how science explains nature). A journal, Philosophy of Science, sponsored by The Philosophy of Science Association, was established in 1934.

Although the environmental sciences were not concerned with the philosophy of their disciplines up to the middle of the 20th ...

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