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Articulating the WorldConceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image

Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image

Joseph Rouse

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226293677
eISBN:
9780226293707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226293707.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The most difficult challenge for naturalists in philosophy is accounting for scientific understanding of nature as itself a scientifically intelligible natural phenomenon. This book advances ... More

Borrowed KnowledgeChaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines

Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines

Stephen H. Kellert

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226429786
eISBN:
9780226429809
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

What happens to scientific knowledge when researchers outside the natural sciences bring elements of the latest trend across disciplinary boundaries for their own purposes? Researchers in fields from ... More

Chance in Evolution

Chance in Evolution

Grant Ramsey and Charles H. Pence (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226401744
eISBN:
9780226401911
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226401911.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Evolutionary biology since Darwin has seen a dramatic entrenchment and elaboration of the role of chance in evolution. It is nearly impossible to discuss contemporary evolutionary theory in any depth ... More

Creatively UndecidedToward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency

Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency

Menachem Fisch

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226514482
eISBN:
9780226514659
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226514659.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Creatively Undecided offers a new way to look at how scientific understandings change. Thomas Kuhn has shown us how scientific practice and thinking depends on the normative framework in which it is ... More

Darwinian ReductionismOr, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Alexander Rosenberg

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226727295
eISBN:
9780226727318
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

After the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists working in molecular biology embraced reductionism—the theory that all complex systems can be understood in terms of their components. ... More

Data-Centric BiologyA Philosophical Study

Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study

Sabina Leonelli

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226416335
eISBN:
9780226416502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226416502.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The convergence of new technologies for the production, dissemination and analysis of scientific data and new regulatory regimes has provoked a reshuffling of priorities in research practices and ... More

Genomes and What to Make of Them

Genomes and What to Make of Them

Barry Barnes and John Dupre

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226172958
eISBN:
9780226172965
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226172965.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The announcement in 2003 that the Human Genome Project had completed its map of the entire human genome was heralded as a stunning scientific breakthrough. Since then, boasts about the benefits—and ... More

Holding On to RealityThe Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium

Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium

Albert Borgmann

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226066257
eISBN:
9780226066226
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book is a history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture to the current Internet mania and is attendant assets and liabilities. ... More

Idealization and the Aims of Science

Idealization and the Aims of Science

Angela Potochnik

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Idealizations are assumptions made without regard for whether they are true and often with full knowledge they are false. This book develops a strong view of idealization’s centrality to science and ... More

Moralizing TechnologyUnderstanding and Designing the Morality of Things

Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things

Peter-Paul Verbeek

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226852911
eISBN:
9780226852904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226852904.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Cars enable us to travel long distances, mobile phones help us to communicate, and medical devices make it possible to detect and cure ... More

Objectivity and DiversityAnother Logic of Scientific Research

Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research

Sandra Harding

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226241227
eISBN:
9780226241531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226241531.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Central assumptions in dominant philosophy of science were reformulated in the context of the encounter of Vienna Circle logical positivism with U.S. McCarthyism and the Cold War. For these mostly ... More

The One Culture?A Conversation about Science

The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins (eds)

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226467221
eISBN:
9780226467245
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

So far the “science wars” have generated far more heat than light. Combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called “the two cultures” (science versus the arts and humanities) have ... More

Philosophy of PseudoscienceReconsidering the Demarcation Problem

Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem

Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226051796
eISBN:
9780226051826
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

What sets the practice of rigorously tested, sound science apart from pseudoscience? This book seeks to answer this question, known to philosophers of science as “the demarcation problem.” This issue ... More

Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Eric Winsberg

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226902029
eISBN:
9780226902050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Computer simulation was first pioneered as a scientific tool in meteorology and nuclear physics in the period following World War II, but it has grown rapidly to become indispensible in a wide ... More

Scientific Perspectivism

Scientific Perspectivism

Ronald N. Giere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226292120
eISBN:
9780226292144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226292144.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Many people assume that the claims of scientists are objective truths. But historians, sociologists, and philosophers of science have long argued that scientific claims reflect the particular ... More

Shaping Science with RhetoricThe Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson

Shaping Science with Rhetoric: The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson

Leah Ceccarelli

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226099064
eISBN:
9780226099088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226099088.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

How do scientists persuade colleagues from diverse fields to cross the disciplinary divide, risking their careers in new interdisciplinary research programs? Why do some attempts to inspire such ... More

Studying Human BehaviorHow Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality

Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality

Helen E. Longino

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226492872
eISBN:
9780226921822
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226921822.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book enters into the complexities of human behavioral research, a domain still dominated by the age-old debate of “nature versus nurture.” Rather than supporting one side or another or ... More

Technology and the Good Life?

Technology and the Good Life?

Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong (eds)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Can we use technology in the pursuit of a good life, or are we doomed to having our lives organized and our priorities set by the demands of machines and systems? How can philosophy help us to make ... More

Unruly ComplexityEcology, Interpretation, Engagement

Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement

Peter J. Taylor

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226790350
eISBN:
9780226790398
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Ambitiously identifying fresh issues in the study of complex systems, this book, in a model of interdisciplinary exploration, makes these concerns accessible to scholars in the fields of ecology, ... More

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