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Melancholies of Knowledge
Melancholies of Knowledge (January 1999)
Literature in the Age of Science
Margery Arent Safir - Editor

Scholars in the exact and social sciences join literary critics to consider the work of French author Michel Rio and to reflect on literature's place in intellectual discourse in an age dominated by science.

"What does an evolutionary biologist derive from seeing a theory he himself has written about as a scientist 'translated' by an author of fiction? How is the perception of this scientific and mathematical knowledge c...(Read More)
The Politics of Heredity
The Politics of Heredity (July 1998)
Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate
Diane B. Paul - Author

Explores the political forces underlying shifts in thinking about the respective influence of heredity and environment in shaping human behavior, and the feasibility and morality of eugenics.

The essays collected in The Politics of Heredity explore the political factors underlying shifts in thinking about the role of nature and nurture in shaping human behavior, and about the desirability and feasibility of contro...(Read More)
Darwinian Natural Right
Darwinian Natural Right (April 1998)
The Biological Ethics of Human Nature
Larry Arnhart - Author

Shows how Darwinian biology supports an Aristotelian view of ethics as rooted in human nature.

"This is one of the best works of its kind that I have read in many years. It is extremely well-written and reads beautifully. Arnhart argues for a Darwinian perspective on morality and human nature generally, combined with an Aristotelian perspective. His argument will be extremely controversial." -- Michael Ruse, E...(Read More)
Goethe's Way of Science
Goethe's Way of Science (April 1998)
A Phenomenology of Nature
David Seamon - Editor
Arthur Zajonc - Editor

Examines Goethe's neglected but sizable body of scientific work, considers the philosophical foundations of his approach, and applies his method to the real world of nature.

Though best known for his superlative poetry and plays, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) also produced a sizable body of scientific work that focused on such diverse topics as plants, color, clouds, weather, and geology. Goethe's way of science...(Read More)
Of Two Minds
Of Two Minds (February 1998)
The Nature of Inquiry
James Blachowicz - Author

Proposes a resolution to the paradox of inquiry, originally formulated in Plato's Meno and most recently the focus of the "logic of discovery" debate in the philosophy of science.

This book examines the nature of inquiry--the general method by which we expand our knowledge. It proposes a resolution of the paradox of inquiry, originally formulated in Plato's Meno and most recently the focus of the "l...(Read More)
Predicting the Future
Predicting the Future (November 1997)
An Introduction to the Theory of Forecasting
Nicholas Rescher - Author

Develops a general theory of prediction that encompasses its fundamental principles, methodology, and practice and gives an overview of its promises and problems.

The future obviously matters to us. It is, after all, where we'll be spending the rest of our lives. We need some degree of foresight if we are to make effective plans for managing our affairs. Much that we would like to know in advance cannot be predicted. Bu...(Read More)
Metaphysics and the Origin of Species
Metaphysics and the Origin of Species (July 1997)
Michael T. Ghiselin - Author

This sweeping discussion of the philosophy of evolutionary biology is based on the revolutionary idea that species are not kinds of organisms but wholes composed of organisms.

"As important as Michael Ghiselin's work has been, he is an excellent example of someone who really has not received the attention and acclaim that his work deserves. The most innovative scientists and philosophers think highly of his work and ci...(Read More)
Analysis and Science in Aristotle
Analysis and Science in Aristotle (May 1997)
Patrick H. Byrne - Author

Presents a new interpretation of Aristotle's Analytics (the Prior and Posterior Analytics) as a unified whole, and argues that to "loose up" or solve—rather than to reduce or break up—is the principle meaning which best characterizes the Analytics.

Offering a new interpretation of Aristotle's Analytics (the Prior and Posterior Analytics) as a unified wh...(Read More)
Mapping Reality
Mapping Reality (February 1997)
An Evolutionary Realist Methodology for the Natural and Social Sciences
Jane Azevedo - Author

Using the insights of evolutionary epistemology, the author develops a new naturalist realist methodology of science, and applies it to the conceptual, practical, and ethical problems of the social sciences.

With postmodernism and postructuralism sweeping the social sciences and humanities, a whole generation of students from disciplines as diverse as history, English literature, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology ...(Read More)
Rhetorical Hermeneutics
Rhetorical Hermeneutics (November 1996)
Invention and Interpretation in the Age of Science
Alan G. Gross - Editor
William M. Keith - Editor

Examines the nature of rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric of science, and the impact of poststructuralism and postmodernism on contemporary accounts of rhetoric.

"This volume provides thoughtful answers to a surprisingly large number of significant questions in the rhetoric of science and in rhetorical theory generally. It will have a wide readership because of its topical interest, its attention to basic th...(Read More)
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