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Ending the Science Wars
     

Ending the Science Wars

by John D. Baldwin
 

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ISBN-10: 159451559X

ISBN-13: 9781594515590

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The "science wars" have been raging for decades, raising many questions about the power of science. Some critics claim that science, especially social science, is "merely a social construction" that fallible humans have created with words and other symbols. If this is true, is science as formidable a source of knowledge as most scientists claim?

Overview

The "science wars" have been raging for decades, raising many questions about the power of science. Some critics claim that science, especially social science, is "merely a social construction" that fallible humans have created with words and other symbols. If this is true, is science as formidable a source of knowledge as most scientists claim?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515590
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Early Views of Science 1

Chapter 1 Storybook Science 3

Chapter 2 Extreme Skepticism 13

Chapter 3 Absolute Truth 33

Chapter 4 Tentative Truths 53

The Pragmatic Model of Science 71

Chapter 5 The Individual Research Scientist 75

Chapter 6 Social Processes 93

Recent Issues in Science 111

Chapter 7 The Scientific Community 113

Chapter 8 Science and the Larger Society 123

Chapter 9 Into the Future 137

Notes 145

References 153

Index 167

About the Author 173

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