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Unsimple Truths Science, Complexity, and Policy

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ISBN-10: 022600662X

ISBN-13: 9780226006628

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sandra D. Mitchell

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Description:

Sandra Mitchell argues that the long-standing scientific & philosophical deference to reductive explanations founded on simple universal laws, linear causal models & predict-and-act strategies fails to accommodate the kinds of knowledge that many contemporary sciences are providing.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
A Case of Complexity
Shifting Paradigms in Epistemology
Complexities of Organization: How We Think About the World
Emergence versus Reduction
Kim's Analysis
Scientific Emergence
Complexities of Evolved Diversity: Laws
Does Biology Have Laws?
Contingency versus Natural Necessity
Necessity, Possibility, and the Contingent Universe
Science: How We Investigate the World
Knockout Experiments
Redundancy and Robustness
Interventionist Causes and Modularity
Policy: How We Act in the World
Robustness in Scenario Analysis
The Case of Genetically Modified Food
The Precautionary Principle
Integrative Pluralism
Integrated Multilevel Explanation
Pragmatic Considerations
Dynamical Perspectives
Notes
References
Index