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Philosophy of Science
- By: Jeffrey L. Kasser, The Great Courses
- Narrated by: Jeffrey L. Kasser
- Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
- Original Recording
What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.
- By Claire C McLauchin on 06-24-15
Apogee of enjoyable intellectual density
If you could sum up Philosophy of Science in three words, what would they be?
Conversational Intellectual Tour-de-force.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Philosophy of Science?
Certainly, the most memorable moment was that when I realized that I would have to listen to the entire set of lectures again - enthusiastically - in passionate hope that I could glimpse a deeper understanding of this work. It was somewhere during the description of the scientific realists, where I came to realize that my pedestrian understanding of science and scientific explaination was simply inadequate and required a major overhaul. It broadened my intellectual horizons in ways difficult to describe after a first run through the material.
Have you listened to any of Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first lecture by Prof. Kasser. However, I would certainly revel in the opportunity to listen to another. However, as I listen to these lectures (and others) during my 1.5 hr commute, I would be armed with foreknowledge that I should have that extra cup of coffee - or two - to spin up my brain function to the appropriate level.
If you could give Philosophy of Science a new subtitle, what would it be?
Everything about science you'd never think you'd ever think about.
Any additional comments?
If your brain was left unfulfilled and wanting by that quantum physics book you just listened to, then this is the book for you. It was an 18+ hour tour-de-force of cerebral and intellectual calisthenics delivered at a rate that could easily overflow the comprehension rate of the "sharpest tool in the shed." However, it's information density was made enjoyably consumable by the expert elocution of Prof. Kasser. A lesser teacher would assuredly have failed miserably where Prof. Kasser triumphs.
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