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For a more prehistoric perspective, Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science Wars pushes (mostly) hard data through the issues. In part I, University of Houston assistant professor of philosophy Keith M. Parsons has put together three "case studies" of how ideas shape the ways we reconstruct the lives of the long dead giants: the 45 years that poor Apatosaurus (better known as Brontosaurus) spent with the wrong head, the warm-blooded vs. cold-blooded debate and the "asteroid theory," which suggests their mass doom was the result of a massive impact. The four chapters of part II dissect the carnage.

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About the Author

KEITH M. PARSONS is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, Clear Lake and author of God and the Burden of Proof. He is editor of Philo, Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Life of the Past
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; y First edition edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253339375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253339379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,337,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith M. Parsons is on the faculty of The University of Houston--Clear Lake, where he is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the recent winner of the President's Distinguished Research Award. His previous publications include the books God and the Burden of Proof (Prometheus Books, 1989), Drawing Out Leviathan (Indiana University Press, 2001), and The Great Dinosaur Controversy (ABC Clio Press, 2003). He holds a doctorate from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of The University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in philosophy from Queen's University (Canada). Dr. Parsons was the founding editor of the philosophical journal Philo. He has often served as a lecturer, debater, and workshop leader in a number of venues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott on September 23, 2012
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This book is a page-turner with excellent information on both the history and philosophy of science. As you can probably tell from the title, Dr. Parsons' book covers the "science wars". In particularly, the work of postmodern philosophers of science like Bruno Latour and the question of the ontological existence of scientific entities (in this case, dinosaurs). This book is both funny and highly informative. Highly recommended.

p.s. if you enjoy this book, Dr. Parsons also edited an excellent anthology ("The Science Wars") which includes many important articles by postmodern thinkers and responses by historians and philosophers of science.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Lamerand on June 3, 2009
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This text deals with what could be a very dry topic: the many failures of constructivism. Keith Parsons brings a clear and lively discussion to this subject in language that is very accessible. I'm struggling to think of another book I have read this year that I've enjoyed as much as this one.
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It's human nature and history has shown, that doesn't really change. You have Theology Wars and anytime you have an institution that contains the 'ivory towers' of knowlegse, this can happen.
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