Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology / Edition 1

Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology / Edition 1

by Alison Wylie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520223616

ISBN-13: 9780520223615

Pub. Date: 11/13/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

In this long-awaited compendium of new and newly revised essays, Alison Wylie explores how archaeologists know what they know. Examining the history and methodology of Anglo-American archaeology, Wylie puts the tumultuous debates of the last thirty years in historical and philosophical perspective.

Overview

In this long-awaited compendium of new and newly revised essays, Alison Wylie explores how archaeologists know what they know. Examining the history and methodology of Anglo-American archaeology, Wylie puts the tumultuous debates of the last thirty years in historical and philosophical perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520223615
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/13/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

PART ONE.
Introduction
Philosophy from the Ground Up

PART TWO. How New Is the New Archaeology, and Other Historical Essays
1. How New Is the New Archaeology?
2. The Typology Debate
3. The Conceptual Core of the New Archaeology
4. Emergent Tensions in the New Archaeology
5. Arguments for Scientific Realism
6. Between Philosophy and Archaeology

PART THREE.
Interpretive Dilemmas: Crisis Arguments in the New Archaeology
7. The Interpretive Dilemma
8. Epistemological Issues Raised by Symbolic and Structuralist Archaeology
9. The Reaction against Analogy
10. Putting Shakertown Back Together: Critical Theory in Archaeology
11. Archaeological Cables and Tacking: Beyond Objectivism and Relativism

PART FOUR. On Being "Empirical" but Not "Narrowly Empiricist"
12. "Heavily Decomposing Red Herrings": Middle Ground in the Anti-/Postprocessualism Wars
13. Bootstrapping in the Un-natural Sciences—Archaeology, for Example
14. The Constitution of Archaeological Evidence: Gender Politics and Science
15. Rethinking Unity as a "Working Hypothesis" for Philosophy of Science: How Archaeologists Exploit the Disunities of Science
16. Unification and Convergence in Archaeological Explanation

PART FIVE. Issues of Accountability
17. Ethical Dilemmas in Archaeological Practice: The (Trans)formation of Disciplinary Identity

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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