Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science

Special Sciences and the Unity of Science

Editors: Pombo, O., Torres, J.M., Symons, J., Rahman, S. (Eds.)

  • Unique work on the tension between unity and specialization in science
  • Provocative questions to test the hypothesis of science unification from a interdisciplinary perspective. For example: is Evolutionary Biology part of Computer Science?
  • Offers a set of case-studies in favour of the Unity of Science
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About this book

Science is a dynamic process in which the assimilation of new phenomena, perspectives, and hypotheses into the scientific corpus takes place slowly. The apparent disunity of the sciences is the unavoidable consequence of this gradual integration process. Some thinkers label this dynamical circumstance a ‘crisis’. However, a retrospective view of the practical results of the scientific enterprise and of science itself, grants us a clear view of the unity of the human knowledge seeking enterprise. This book provides many arguments, case studies and examples in favor of the unity of science. These contributions touch upon various scientific perspectives and disciplines such as: Physics, Computer Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Economics.

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“The volume at hand … covers a wide range of special sciences from astronomy and physics to Freudian theory and the cultural sciences. … essays collected in this volume are of interest to philosophers working in these areas. The approach taken in this book fits within the broader context of bringing fresh ideas to an old debate. … The papers contain an interesting balance between scientific depth and philosophical speculation on how the unity of the sciences might work in some actual cases … .” (Hinne Hettema, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXXIII (4), 2013)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pombo, Olga (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Pragmatic Continuities in Empirical Science: Some Examples from the History of Astronomy

    Concepción Caamaño Alegre, María

    Pages 5-18

  • The Principle of Eurhythmy: A Key to the Unity of Physics

    Croca, J. R.

    Pages 19-51

  • Unifying Science Through Computation: Reflections on Computability and Physics

    Beggs, Edwin J. (et al.)

    Pages 53-80

  • Looking at Water Through Paradigms

    Perera, A. (et al.)

    Pages 81-87

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9213-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Special Sciences and the Unity of Science
Editors
  • Olga Pombo
  • Juan Manuel Torres
  • John Symons
  • Shahid Rahman
Series Title
Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2030-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2030-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2029-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9213-5
Series ISSN
2214-9775
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 302
Topics