I am interested in some texts for a beginner in the philosophy of science and in the arena of metaphysics. I am a physicist. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Two good introductory texts in Philosophy of Science are:
- Samir Okasha's Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (worldcat link). Like the other texts in the Oxford UP VSI series, it's a very quick read, so while it doesn't cover the full range of compelling topics in the field, it introduces and motivates some that have been central. And Okasha is a talented player in the field, not just an observer.
- Ian Hacking's Representing and Intervening: Introductory Topics in the Philosophy of Natural Science (worldcat link) is a bit older, longer, and richer, and also a very good starting point. It emphasizes experimentalism slightly more than other late 20th century texts did. While it does not cover the last 30 years, it anticipates some of what has happened, and is a good primer.
Martin Curd's "Philosophy of Science; the Central Issues" (more of an anthology) and Merrilee Salmon's "Introduction to the Philosophy of Science" (a textbook) are the two texts they recommend first years at LSE.
"Realism and the Aim of Science" by Karl Popper has explanations about both metaphysics and philosophy of science. See also "The Fabric of Reality" and "The Beginning of Infinity" by David Deutsch, which both discuss philosophy of science and metaphysics.