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Taking the Naturalistic Turn, or How Real Philosophy of Science Is Done

ISBN-10: 0226091872

ISBN-13: 9780226091877

Edition: 1993

Authors: Werner Callebaut

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Philosophers of science traditionally have ignored the details of scientific research, and the result has often been theories that lack relevance either to science or to philosophy in general. In this volume, leading philosophers of biology discuss the limitations of this tradition and the advantages of the "naturalistic turn"--the idea that the study of science is itself a scientific enterprise and should be conducted accordingly. This innovative book presents candid, informal debates among scholars who examine the benefits and problems of studying science in the same way that scientists study the natural world. Callebaut achieves the effect of face-to-face engagement through separate interviews with participants. Contributors include William Bechtel, Robert Brandon, Richard M. Burian, Donald T. Campbell, Patricia Churchland, Jon Elster, Ronald N. Giere, David L. Hull, Philip Kitcher, Karin Knorr Cetina, Bruno Latour, Richard Levins, Richard C. Lewontin, Elisabeth Lloyd, Helen Longino, Thomas Nickles, Henry C. Plotkin, Robert J. Richards, Alexander Rosenberg, Michael Ruse, Dudley Shapere, Elliott Sober, Ryan Tweney, and William Wimsatt. "Why can't we have both theoretical ecology and natural histories, lovingly done?"--Philip Kitcher "Don't underestimate the arrogance of philosophers!"--Elisabeth Lloyd
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Analytical Table of Contents
List of Participants
Acknowledgments
Turning Naturalistic: An Introduction
Talking About It
Beyond Positivism and Historicism
Three Philosophical Generations
In Praise of the Received View (Yes)
Alienation of Philosophy from Science: A 1990s Recap
Who Killed Logical Positivism?
A Decisive Transformation of Our Image of Science
A Decisive Transformation of Our Image of Science
Positivism and Historicism Back to Back
Three Waves of Empirical Information: A Sneak Preview
Toward a New Theory of Science: New Dimensions, Features, and Approaches
Philosophy of What?
First Voyager: From Engineering to Biology
Second Voyager: From Economics to Biology, Back and Forth
Third Voyager: From Mathematics to Biology
Major Features of a Naturalized Philosophy of Science
A Trojan Horse: Steps toward an Anthropology of Science
Philosophy of Science Revisited
Explanation: The Hempel Heritage
Reduction: Who Has the Last Word?
The Realism-Constructivism Debate
New Roles and Tools for Philosophers of Science
Who Needs Philosophers Anyway?
Underlaborers
Discovery is Everywhere
A General Picture of the Scientific Enterprise: Pros and Cons
The Semantic View of Theories: A New Tool for the Trade
A Role for Methodology after All?
Doing It
Philosophy of Biology
The View from Within
Getting a Grip on Evolutionary Theory
The Missing Half Pancake: The Elusive Environment
The Social Construction of Genes and Ecosystems
The Units-of-Selection Controversy
What Evolves? Reconsidering the Metaphysics of Evolution
Evolutionary Epistemology
Is It Epistemology?
The Evolutionary Approach to Science
A Tool for the Historiographer
In the Real Third World, People Die
Cognitive Approaches to Science and Philosophy
Steps Toward a Cognitive Science
Varieties of Cognitivism
Gibsonian Attractions
Reconsidering the Mind/Brain Issue
Neurophilosophy
Development, Learning, and Culture
Why Genetics Is Not Enough, I: The Return of Ontogeny
Why Genetics is not Enough, II: The Biology of Behavior and Learning
The Missing Link: Evolutionary Psychology?
Fitness, The Bugbear of Evolutionary Biology
Getting a Grip on Cultural Transmission
Is Cultural Evolution Lamarckian?
Philosophy Moves Along
Evolutionary Ethics
The Explosion of Philosophy of Science
Philosophy Education
Let Us Not Forget German History
Gender Studies
The Future of Science Studies Postscript
References
Index