Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

by Friedel Weinert
     
 

Scientific ideas change the way we think about the world and our place in it. Nicolaus Copernicus developed a heliocentric view of the cosmos that displaced humans from the physical center of the universe. Charles Darwin developed an evolutionary theory that placed humans firmly within the organismic order of nature. It was Sigmund Freud who saw himself as

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Scientific ideas change the way we think about the world and our place in it. Nicolaus Copernicus developed a heliocentric view of the cosmos that displaced humans from the physical center of the universe. Charles Darwin developed an evolutionary theory that placed humans firmly within the organismic order of nature. It was Sigmund Freud who saw himself as completing this cycle of disparagement by destroying the belief that humans were ‘masters in their own house’.

Copernicus, Darwin and Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science deals with issues in the area of intersection between history and philosophy of natural and social science. Using Copernicanism, Darwinism and Freudianism as extended case studies, Friedel Weinert illustrates the profound connections between science and philosophy and shows how scientific theories invariably have philosophical consequences. Philosophical controversies surrounding ideas of human nature, realism and instrumentalism, models and theories, laws of nature and scientific method are all examined within the context of concrete problem situations in the history of science.

Copernicus, Darwin and Freud is an engaging and versatile text suitable for a variety of courses in the history and philosophy of science or for individual study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405181839
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/17/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

I. Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality.

1. Ptolemy and Copernicus.

2. A Clash of Two Worldviews.

3. The Heliocentric Worldview.

4. Copernicus was not a Scientific Revolutionary.

5. The Transition to Newton.

6. Some Philosophical Lessons.

7. Copernicus and Scientific Revolutions.

8. The Anthropic Principle: A Reversal of the Copernican Turn?.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

II. Charles Darwin: The Loss of Rational Design.

1. Darwin and Copernicus.

2. Views of Organic Life.

3. Fossil Discoveries.

4. Darwin’s Revolution.

5. Philosophical Matters.

6. A Question of Method.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

III. Sigmund Freud: The Loss of Transparency.

1. Copernicus, Darwin and Freud.

2. Some Views of Humankind.

3. Scientism and the Freudian Model of Personality.

4. The Social Sciences beyond Freud.

5. Evolution and the Social Sciences.

6. Freud and Revolutions in Thought.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

Name Index.

Subject Index

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