This book is an introduction to the philosophy of science that is intended to be accessible to students. It summarizes the current state of knowledge by presenting the different concepts and proposing an assessment of the results and the major issues that are still open.
This third edition, entirely revised, aims to contribute to the development of a philosophy of nature that takes into account scientific theories.
The first part of the book takes stock of the debate between logical empiricism and its critics. It tends to show that it is possible to preserve a version of scientific realism sufficient to found the project within a metaphysics of nature.
The second part develops this approach by presenting the main questions of the metaphysics of nature raised by modern theories of fundamental physics (classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, relativistic physics and quantum physics).
Each chapter contains an educational apparatus with summary, control questions and work proposals, and the book is completed with a glossary and an exhaustive bibliography.
Book published by the French-language Polytechnic and Academic Press