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This exciting collaboration between a biologist and a philosopher explores the meaning of the scientific worldview and how it plays out in our everyday lives. The authors investigate alternatives to scientism, the view that science is the proper and exclusive foundation for thinking about and answering every question. They ask: Does the current technoscientific worldview threaten the pursuit of living well? Do the facts procured by technoscientific systems render inconsequential our lived experiences, the wisdom of ancient and contemporary philosophical insight, and the promise offered by time-honored religious beliefs? Drawing on important Western thinkers, including Kant, Nietzsche, Darwin, Heidegger, and others, Linda Wiener and Ramsey Eric Ramsey demonstrate how many of the claims and conclusions of technoscience can and should be challenged. They offer ways of thinking about science in a larger context that respect scientific practice, while taking seriously alternative philosophical modes of thought whose aims are freedom, the good life, and living well.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Chapter One: A Place to Begin
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Chapter Two: The Persistence of a Question
  2. pp. 21-43
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  1. Chapter Three: What Darwin and Nietzsche Saw
  2. pp. 45-76
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  1. Chapter Four: Provoking Thought
  2. pp. 77-99
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  1. Chapter Five: The Limits of Science and the Danger of Scientism: Drawing out the Consequences for Thinking
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. Chapter Six: Leaving Us to Wonder
  2. pp. 117-139
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-151
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 161-163
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791484036
Related ISBN
9780791463130
MARC Record
OCLC
62734814
Pages
173
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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