Ending the Science Wars

Ending the Science Wars

by John D. Baldwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1594515603

ISBN-13: 9781594515606

Pub. Date: 01/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The "science wars" have been raging for decades, raising many questions about the power of science. Some critics claim that science, including 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? Baldwin explains why

Overview

The "science wars" have been raging for decades, raising many questions about the power of science. Some critics claim that science, including 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? Baldwin explains why the edifice of science has robust properties that make it one of the most useful forms of knowledge that humans have ever created, although it is not perfect. He trenchantly examines all sides of the debate and uses the philosophy of pragmatism to reveal the special characteristics that make science work as well as it does. Ending the Science Wars shows how science is far better grounded than its critics claim. The book not only helps resolve many current debates about science, it is a major contribution for explaining science in terms of a powerful philosophical system. This makes the book valuable to scientists in all fields of research-and intellectually challenging for science's critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515606
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(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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