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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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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

List price: $20.00
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

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