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Philosophical Instruments
By Daniel Rothbart

Philosophical Instruments

Minds and Tools at Work

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Philosophical Instruments by Daniel Rothbart

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In Philosophical Instruments Daniel Rothbart argues that our tools are not just neutral intermediaries between humans and the natural world, but are devices that demand new ideas about reality. Just as a hunter's new spear can change their knowledge of the environment, so can the development of modern scientific equipment alter our view of the world. Working at the intersections of science, technology, and philosophy, Rothbart examines the revolution in knowledge brought on by recent advances in scientific instruments. Full of examples from historical and contemporary science, including electron scanning microscopes, sixteenth-century philosophical instruments, and diffraction devices used by biochemical researchers, Rothbart explores the ways in which instrumentation advances a philosophical stance about an instrument's power, an experimenter's skills, and a specimen's properties. Through a close reading of engineering of instruments, he introduces a philosophy from (rather than of) design, contending that philosophical ideas are channeled from design plans to models and from model into the use of the devices.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252031366
ISBN-10: 0252031369
Format: Hardback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 407mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel Rothbart

Daniel Rothbart is a professor of philosophy at George Mason University. He is the author of Explaining the Growth of Scientific Knowledge: Metaphors, Models, and Meanings. His edited volumes include Science, Reason and Reality and Modeling: Gateway to the Unknown by Rom Harre.

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