Science, Philosophy and Physical Geography

Science, Philosophy and Physical Geography

by Robert Inkpen, Graham Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415279534

ISBN-13: 9780415279536

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This accessible and engaging text explores the relationship between philosophy, science and physical geography. It addresses an imbalance that exists in opinion, teaching and to a lesser extent research, between a philosophically enriched human geography and a perceived philosophically empty physical geography.

The text challenges the myth that there is a single

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Overview

This accessible and engaging text explores the relationship between philosophy, science and physical geography. It addresses an imbalance that exists in opinion, teaching and to a lesser extent research, between a philosophically enriched human geography and a perceived philosophically empty physical geography.

The text challenges the myth that there is a single self-evident scientific method that can, and is, applied in a straightforward manner by physical geographers. It demonstrates the variety of alternative philosophical perspectives and emphasizes the difference that the real world geographical context and the geographer make to the study of environmental phenomenon. This includes a consideration of the dynamic relationship between human and physical geography. Finally, the text demonstrates the relevance of philosophy for both an understanding of published material and for the design and implementation of studies in physical geography.

This edition has been fully updated with two new chapters on field studies and modelling, as well as greater discussion of ethical issues and forms of explanation. The book explores key themes such as reconstructing environmental change, species interactions and fluvial geomorphology, and is complimented throughout with case studies to illustrate concepts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415279536
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Ideas, Change and Stability in Physical Geography 2. The Nature of Reality 3. Entities and Classification 4. Forms of Explanation 5. Probing Reality 6. The Field 7. Systems: The Framework for Physcial Geography? 8. Change and Complexity 9. Modelling 10. Physical Geography and Societies

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