Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

Hardcover | April 15, 2000

EditorPeter Machamer, Marcello Pera, Aristides Baltas

not yet rated|write a review
Traditionally it has been thought that scientific controversies can always be resolved on the basis of empirical data. Recently, however, social constructionists have claimed that the outcome of scientific debates is strongly influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetorical prowessand professional clout of the participants. This volume of previously unpublished essays by well-known philosophers of science presents historical studies and philosophical analyses that undermine the plausibility of an extreme social constructionist perspective while also indicating the need for aricher and more realistic account of scientific rationality.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$154.00

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Traditionally it has been thought that scientific controversies can always be resolved on the basis of empirical data. Recently, however, social constructionists have claimed that the outcome of scientific debates is strongly influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetorical prowessand professional clout of the participants. ...

Peter Machamer is at University of Pittsburgh. Marcello Pera is at University of Pisa.

other books by Peter Machamer

The Cambridge Companion to Galileo
The Cambridge Companion to Galileo

Kobo ebook|Aug 13 1998

$44.49 online$57.74list price(save 22%)
Perception, Realism, and the Problem of Reference
Perception, Realism, and the Problem of Reference

Kobo ebook|Apr 12 2012

$37.39 online$48.56list price(save 23%)
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195119878

ISBN - 13:9780195119879

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"Thought provoking and lively."--Choice