Science and the Quest for Meaning

Science and the Quest for Meaning

by Alfred I. Tauber
     
 

ISBN-10: 1602582106

ISBN-13: 9781602582101

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Baylor University Press

In this deeply thoughtful exploration, Alfred Tauber, a practicing scientist and highly regarded philosopher, eloquently traces the history of the philosophy of science, seeking in the end to place science within the humanistic context from which it originated. Avoiding the dogmatism that has defined both extremes in the recent "Science Wars" and presenting a

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In this deeply thoughtful exploration, Alfred Tauber, a practicing scientist and highly regarded philosopher, eloquently traces the history of the philosophy of science, seeking in the end to place science within the humanistic context from which it originated. Avoiding the dogmatism that has defined both extremes in the recent "Science Wars" and presenting a conception of reason that lifts the discussion out of the interminable debates about objectivity and neutrality, Tauber offers a way of understanding science as an evolving relationship between facts and the values that govern their discovery and applications. This timely philosophy of science presents a centrist but highly consequently view, wherein "truth" and "objectivity" can function as working ideals and serve as pragmatic tools within the sociological context in which they reside. For if the humanization of science is to reach completion, it must reveal not only the meaning it receives from its social and cultural settings but also that which it lends to them.

Packed with well-chosen case studies, Science and the Quest for Meaning is a trust-worthy and engaging introduction to the history of, and the current debate surrounding, the philosophy of science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602582101
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Concerning Scientific Reason

1. What is Science?

2. Nineteenth-century Positivism

3. The Fall of Positivism

4. The Science Wars

5. Science in its Socio-Political Contexts

Conclusion: The Challenge of Coherence

Baylor University Press

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