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The Ford Pinto Case
The Ford Pinto Case (October 1994)
A Study in Applied Ethics, Business, and Technology
Douglas Birsch - Editor
John Fielder - Editor

"The Ford Pinto case is mentioned in most Business Ethics texts as an example of Cost-Benefit analysis, yet in those formats any appreciation of the complexity surrounding the issues of such decisions is overly simplified. As a thorough study, this book provides material that enriches the entire idea of using a particular case as an avenue of learning about Ethics, Business, Society, Technology, and Government Regulation. Rather than as a mere ref...(Read More)
Formal Theory in Sociology
Formal Theory in Sociology (September 1994)
Opportunity or Pitfall?
Jerald Hage - Editor

"This volume exhibits the best current writing by some of the best scholars in sociology, including most all of the best formal theorists." -- Kenneth D. Bailey, University of California, Los Angeles

"Every sociologist should read this book, not only to understand the 'crisis in theory' that is being talked about today but, more importantly, as a challenge for their own research. Given the stature of the authors included in the book and the a...(Read More)
In Measure, Number, and Weight
In Measure, Number, and Weight (September 1994)
Studies in Mathematics and Culture
Jens Hoyrup - Author

"Jens Hoyrup deals forthrightly with the most important question now facing historians of science: what is the relation between ideas and socioeconomic life? His conclusions are persuasive and stimulating. They go a long way to refuting the currently fashionable relativist view that science has been nothing but a collection of prejudices, conventions, and practical compromises. In this book one finds a welcome social history of science composed ...(Read More)
On the Shoulders of Merchants
On the Shoulders of Merchants (August 1994)
Exchange and the Mathematical Conception of Nature in Early Modern Europe
Richard W. Hadden - Author

This book shows how the universal quantification of science resulted from the routinization of commercial practices that were familiar in scientist's daily lives. Following the work of Franz Borkenau and Jacob Klein in the 1930s, the book describes the rise of the mechanistic world-view as a reification of relations of exchange in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Critical of more orthodox, positivist Marxist accounts of the rise of science...(Read More)
Ecotone (July 1994)
Wayfaring on the Margins
Florence R. Shepard - Author

Ecotone: Wayfaring on the Margins, a personal history of place, is written from the perspective of a teacher, naturalist, and feminist and uses the metaphor of the biological ecotone as the boundary where inner and outer landscapes of the woman/nature continuum meet.

In this book, Krall proposes a counter-narrative to the usual reading of marginality. In autobiographical narrative that rings with experience, she describes margins as r...(Read More)
The Challenge of the 21st Century
The Challenge of the 21st Century (July 1994)
Managing Technology and Ourselves in a Shrinking World
Harold A. Linstone - Author
Ian I. Mitroff - Author

"This book is a substantial contribution to futures research, societal analysis, and related fields, as would be expected from two senior professionals. It presents well-organized, balanced thinking about future trends, issues, and uncertainties." -- Thomas F. Mandel, SRI International

The population and technology explosions are shrinking the world to a system in which everything is interactive, forcing us to transcend traditional modes of ...(Read More)
Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle
Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle (April 1994)
The Evolution of a "Transcultural" Approach to Wholeness
Steven M. Rosen - Author

Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle confronts basic anomalies in the foundations of contemporary knowledge. Steven M. Rosen deals with paradoxes that call into question our conventional way of thinking about space, time, and the nature of human experience.

Rosen's contribution is unique in at least five respects:

1) He provides an unparalleled integration of modern theoretical scien...(Read More)
Controversial Science
Controversial Science (July 1993)
From Content to Contention
Thomas Brante - Editor
Steve Fuller - Editor
William Lynch - Editor

“I think that the whole notion of 'controversy' is a good handle to start with for a critical assessment of the field. Controversy is now seen as not only normal but also a way of framing a research site for looking at the field of scientific endeavor. The editors have also brought together a group of very well-known scholars.

“Until 1970 most studies of science were hagiographic, paeans to science. We ge...(Read More)
Knowledge Without Expertise
Knowledge Without Expertise (July 1993)
On the Status of Scientists
Raphael Sassower - Author

This book critically examines the reliance of society on experts, specifically attacking the notion of the privilege of scientific expertise and defining the politics of this intellectual discourse. The extensive case material illustrates the consequences of claims of expert knowledge. Sassower questions the perception that scientific controversies are focused on epistemological concerns and demonstrates how the debates are often politically motiva...(Read More)
The Need for a Sacred Science
The Need for a Sacred Science (July 1993)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

"This work is a brilliant blending of sound scholarship and spiritual vision." -- Jacob Needleman, San Francisco State University

This book deals with the meaning of a science rooted in the sacred, the metaphysical foundation of such science, its contrast to modern science and its pertinence to some of the major issues facing humanity today. In the first part, the author turns to the fundamental question of the multiplicity of sacred forms. ...(Read More)
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