Science, Politics and Social Practice: Essays on Marxism and Science, Philosophy of Culture and the Social Sciences In honor of Robert S. Cohen / Edition 1

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In three volumes, a distinguished group of scholars from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, the humanities and the arts contribute essays in honor of Robert S. Cohen, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The range of the essays, as well as their originality, and their critical and historical depth, pay tribute to the extraordinary scope of Professor Cohen's intellectual interests, as a scientist-philosopher and a humanist, and also to his engagement in the world of social and political practice.
In Science, Politics and Social Practice, (Volume II of Essays in Honor of Robert S. Cohen), an international group of scholars — philosophers, sociologists, historians, and political scientists — discuss issues at the cutting edge of contemporary social and political thought, and its bearing on science. Several essays discuss the relations of Marxism to science, and specifically, to the philosophies of science of Carnap and Popper, as well as Soviet Marxism, and the effects of Stalinism on Soviet science. There are also essays on the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, on questions of method and aim in historical narrative, on the issue of cultural relativism, and more.

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A: Relations of Marxism to Science and Philosophy. On Bob Cohen; H. Aptheker. Love and Hate: Learning 'Human Nature' under Communism; Lin Chun. Marxist Philosophy and Humanism in Mainland China — An Outline; Dainian Fan. Cohen's Carnap, or Subjectivity is in the Eye of the Beholder; B. Dreben. Stalinism and Soviet Science; W. Krajewski. Herbert Marcuse on Real Existing Socialism: A Hindsight Look at Soviet Marxism; P. Marcuse. Marx on Science and Capitalism; J. Stachel. Karl Popper and Karl Marx; Ren-Zong Qui. B: Science, Technology and Society. Technological Praxis: Reflections; P. Durbin. Science, Society and the Expanding Boundaries of Moral Discourse; S. Krimsky. The Concept of Scientific Law; M. Markovic. After the 'System': Philosophy in the Age of the Sciences; G. Markus. Civil Society and the Politisation of Needs; M. Markus. C: Methodological, Ontological and Phenomenological Issues in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Cybernetics and Social Entities; A. Shimony. Risk Models and Geological Judgments: The Case of Yucca Mountain; K. Shrader-Frechette. Some Reflections on Inequality and Class Structure; D. Wedderburn. From 'Dualism of Human Nature' to 'Human Being as a Mixed Phenomenon'; K.H. Wolff. The Tragedy of Political Science; D. Zolo. D: Culture, Reason and Ethics. Reasoning in the Social World: Prolegomenon to a Sociology of Argument; R. Edmondson. Rhetoric and Ethics: Adam Smith on Theorizing about the Moral Sentiments; C.L. Griswold. Ecofeminism as Reconstruction: Making Peace with Nature; P. Hallen. On Cultural Relativism and 'Radical Doubt'; D. Zilberman. From the Quaestiones to the Essais: On the Autonomy and Methods of the History of Philosophy; P. Zambelli. Index.

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