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On Knowing : Natural Sciences - Richard McKeon

On Knowing

Natural Sciences

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Published: 15th January 1994
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Well before the current age of discourse, deconstruction, and multiculturalism, Richard McKeon propounded a philosophy of pluralism showing how "facts" and "values" are dependent on diverse ways of reading texts. This book is a transcription of an entire course, including both lectures and student discussions, taught by McKeon. As such, it provides an exciting introduction to McKeon's conception of pluralism, a central aspect of neo-Pragmatism, while demonstrating how pluralism works in a classroom setting.
In his lectures, McKeon outlines the entire history of Western thinking on the sciences. Treating the central concepts of motion, space, time, and cause, he traces modern intellectual debates back to the ancient Greeks, notably Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, and the Sophists. As he brings the story of Western science up to the twentieth century, he uses his fabled semantic schema (reproduced here for the first time) to uncover new ideas and observations about cosmology, mechanics, dynamics, and other aspects of physical science.
Illustrating the broad historical sweep of the lectures are a series of discussions which give detail to the course's intellectual framework. These discussions of Plato, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Maxwell are perhaps the first published rendition of a philosopher in literal dialogue with his students. Led by McKeon's pointed questioning, the discussions reveal the difficulties and possibilities of learning to engage in serious intellectual communication.

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
An Introduction to Philosophic Problems
Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences
Motion: Method
Motion: Method (Part 2) and Principle
Motion: Interpretation
Motion: Selection
Motion: Selection (Part 2)
Space: Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle
Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle
Summary: Interpretation, Method, and Principle
Class Schedule
Selected Lecture Notes on Necessity, Probability, and Nature
Selected Lecture Notes on Democritus and the Sophists
Selected Lecture Notes on Cause
Complete Lecture Notes for Lecture 10
Discussion Notes For Einstein
Final Examinations
Schema of Philosophic Semantics
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226560274
ISBN-10: 0226560279
Series: Historical Studies of Urban America (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 15th January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2