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Scientific Controversies : Philosophical and Historical Perspectives - Peter Machamer

Scientific Controversies

Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

By: Peter Machamer (Editor), Marcello Pera (Editor), Aristides Baltas (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780195119879
Number Of Pages: 288

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Traditionally it has been thought that scientific controversies can always be resolved on the basis of empirical data. Recently, however, social constructionists have claimed that the outcome of scientific debates is strongly influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetorical prowess and professional clout of the participants. This volume of previously unpublished essays by well-known philosophers of science presents historical studies and philosophical analyses that undermine the plausibility of an extreme social constructionist perspective while also indicating the need for a richer and more realistic account of scientific rationality.

"Thought provoking and lively."--Choice

Contributorsp. ix
Scientific Controversies: An Introductionp. 3
The Structure of Scientific Controversies
Patterns of Scientific Controversiesp. 21
Classifying Scientific Controversiesp. 40
Rhetoric and Scientific Controversiesp. 50
On the Cognitive Analysis of Scientific Controversiesp. 67
Historical and Contemporary Reflections on Controversies
The Concept of the Individual and the Idea(l) of Method in seventeenth-Century Natural Philosophyp. 81
Dialectics, Experiments, and Mathematics in Galileop. 100
A Rational Controversy over Compounding Forcesp. 125
The Structure of a Scientific Controversy: Hooke versus Newton about Colorsp. 143
Scientific Dialectics in Action: the Case of Joseph Priestleyp. 153
Controversies and the Becoming of Physical Chemistryp. 177
Anthropology: Art of Science? A Controversy about the Evidence for Cannibalismp. 199
Multiple Personalities, Internal Controversies, and Invisible Marvelsp. 213
The Theory of Punctuated Equilibria: Taking Apart a Scientific Controversyp. 230
Quasars, Causality, and Geometry: A Scientific Controversy that Should Have Happened but Didn'tp. 254
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780195119879
ISBN-10: 0195119878
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56

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