Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate
By (author) Derek Turner
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Making Prehistory by Derek Turner
Book DescriptionScientists often make surprising claims about things that no one can observe. In physics, chemistry, and molecular biology, scientists can at least experiment on those unobservable entities, but what about researchers in fields such as paleobiology and geology who study prehistory, where no such experimentation is possible? Do scientists discover facts about the distant past or do they, in some sense, make prehistory? In this book Derek Turner argues that this problem has surprising and important consequences for the scientific realism debate. His discussion covers some of the main positions in philosophy of science - realism, social constructivism, empiricism, and the natural ontological attitude - and shows how they relate to issues in paleobiology and geology. His original and thought-provoking book will be of wide interest to philosophers and scientists alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521875202
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Derek Turner
Making Prehistory, Paperback (August 2012)
In this book, Derek Turner relates the scientific realism debate to the study of prehistory.
Paleontology, Hardback (April 2011)» View all books by Derek Turner
Explores the far-reaching philosophical questions of paleontology, discussing diverse issues such as punctuated equilibrium and species selection.
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Author Biography - Derek Turner
Derek Turner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College.
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