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Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn
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What can come of a scientific engagement with postmodern philosophy? Some scientists have claimed that the social sciences and humanities have nothing to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Dorothea E. Olkowski shows that the historic link between science and philosophy, mathematics itself, plays a fundamental role in the development of the worldviews that drive both fields. Focusing on language, its expression of worldview and usage, she develops a phenomenological account of human thought and action to explicate the role of philosophy in the sciences. Olkowski proposes a model of phenomenology, both scientific and philosophical, that helps make sense of reality and composes an ethics for dealing with unpredictability in our world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. PREFACE: POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHY
  2. pp. xi-xxiii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xxv-xxvii
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  1. 1. NATURE CALLS: Scientific Worldviews and the Sokal Hoax
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. THE NATURAL CONTRACT AND THE ARCHIMEDEAN WORLDVIEW
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. 3. SEMI-FREE: Thermodynamics, Probability, and the New Worldview
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. 4. BURNING MAN: The Influence of Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics and the Science of Flow
  2. pp. 59-90
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  1. 5. PHILOSOPHY’S EXTRA–SCIENTIFIC MESSAGES
  2. pp. 91-123
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  1. 6. LOVE’S ONTOLOGY: Ethics Beyond the Limits of Classical Science
  2. pp. 125-156
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 157-197
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 199-207
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 209-216
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