Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives by Peter MachamerScientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives by Peter Machamer

Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

EditorPeter Machamer, Marcello Pera, Aristides Baltas

Hardcover | April 15, 2000

Pricing and Purchase Info

$77.00 online 
$154.00 list price save 50%
Earn 385 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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 This volume of previously unpublished essays by well-known philosophers of science presents historical studies and philosophical analyses that undermine the plausibility of an extreme social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.
Peter Machamer is at University of Pittsburgh. Marcello Pera is at University of Pisa.
Title:Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical PerspectivesFormat: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:


Editorial Reviews

"Thought provoking and lively."--Choice