Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology / Edition 1

Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology / Edition 1

by William A. Reiners, Jeffrey A. Lockwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521133033

ISBN-13: 9780521133036

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ecologists use a remarkable range of methods and techniques to understand complex, inherently variable, and functionally diverse entities and processes across a staggering range of spatial, temporal and interactive scales. These multiple perspectives make ecology very different to the exemplar of science often presented by philosophers. In Philosophical Foundations

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Ecologists use a remarkable range of methods and techniques to understand complex, inherently variable, and functionally diverse entities and processes across a staggering range of spatial, temporal and interactive scales. These multiple perspectives make ecology very different to the exemplar of science often presented by philosophers. In Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology, designed for graduate students and researchers, ecology is put into a new philosophical framework that engages with this inherent pluralism while still placing constraints on the ways that we can investigate and understand nature. The authors begin by exploring the sources of variety in the practice of ecology and how these have led to the current conceptual confusion. They argue that the solution is to adopt the approach of constrained perspectivism and go on to explore the ontological, metaphysical, and epistemological aspects of this position and how it can be used in ecological research and teaching.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133036
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,191,780
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Conceptual confusion in ecology and its causes; 3. Causes of ecology's conceptual confusion; 4. Finding ourselves in philosophical terms; 5. Ecological pragmatism and constrained perspectivism - an introduction; 6. Ecological pragmatism and constrained perspectivism - ontology; 7. Ecological pragmatism and constrained perspectivism - metaphysics; 8. Ecological pragmatism and constrained perspectivism - epistemology; 9. Ecological pragmatism and constrained perspectivism - a summary; 10. The practice of constrained perspectivism in ecology; 11. What constrained perspectivism offers to the teaching of ecology; 12. The heroic handy man and the future of ecology; Glossary of philosophical terms; Index.

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