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Geo-Logic: Breaking Ground Between Philosophy and the Earth Sciences (Suny Series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics) Paperback – February 13, 2003
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Robert Frodeman, a philosopher with a background in the earth sciences, has worked for the U. S. Geological Survey for many years. He was the 2001 2002 Hennebach Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines and is currently Research Scientist at the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the University of Colorado, where he is also the Director of the Global Climate Change and Society Program. He is the editor of Earth Matters: The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community."
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It is here that style overlaps with content: Frodeman's main message is that "we are not making good use of our intellectual resources, in large part because the disciplinary presumptions that dominate the production of knowledge today" (p. 16). Frodeman sees in field science, especially geology practiced in the field, a model of "scientific reasoning" more applicable to the challenging, uncertain context of environmental policymaking. In the age of google, we may need to re-think the way we think -- to re-think the way we produce knowledge and connect it to action. Frodeman offers the idea of topical thinking, where thought follows "a nomadic path that traces the implicit logic of a problem wherever it leads" (p. 12).
Geo-logic is much more than a philosophical treatise on the epistemology of field science. It is a field guide to the terrain of the modern knowledge society and the new issues cropping up there like rock formations on the policy-scape.Read more ›