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Individualism and the Unity of Science : Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and the Special Sciences - Harold Kincaid

Individualism and the Unity of Science

Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and the Special Sciences

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Published: 28th January 1997
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In this original and important book, Harold Kincaid defends a view of the special sciences -- all sciences outside physics -- as autonomous and nonreducible. He argues that the biological and social sciences provide explanations that cannot be captured by explanations at the level of their constituent parts, and yet that this does not commit us to mysterious, nonphysical entities like vital forces or group minds. A look at real scientific practice shows that the many different sciences can be unified in a way that leaves them each an autonomous explanatory role. This book will be of great interest to philosophers of science and social scientists.

This is solid scholarship: original, intellectually topical, well-researched, and well-written . . . excellent.--D. Wade Hands, University of Puget Sound

Acknowledgments
The Roots of Reductionismp. 1
The Empirical Nature of the Individualism-Holism Disputep. 13
Reduction, Explanation, and Individualismp. 31
Molecular Biology and the Unity of Sciencep. 49
Defending Nonreductive Unityp. 69
Individualism, Explanatory Power, and Neoclassical Economicsp. 91
Individualism and Rationalityp. 119
Reviewing the Argumentp. 143
Notesp. 147
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 161
About the Authorp. 165
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ISBN: 9780847686636
ISBN-10: 0847686639
Series: Worldly Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.91  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25