Scientific Perspectivism Illustrated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226292137
ISBN-10: 0226292134
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Editorial Reviews


“Ronald Giere’s new book has placed perspective center stage, contributing to innovations that are changing philosophy of science today as radically as the historical turn of a half century ago. There is no view from nowhere, the sciences do not provide it, and science is not the realization of a metaphysical dream but a historically and naturally conditioned rational empirical inquiry. Giere offers the view that not only measurement results but also the representation of phenomena in theories and models are perspectival, and supports it with challenging, provocative arguments.”
-- Bas C. van Fraassen, Princeton University

“Ronald Giere uses the techniques of scientists to ask philosophical questions about science. He argues that science can be a human construct and still portray the world objectively, just as color vision is a human construct that detects objective features of the physical world. Scientific Perspectivism builds on Ronald Giere’s earlier ideas—from Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach and Science without Laws—to yield an accessible and creative account of the nature of scientific theories.  It is of broad interest to those in science studies as well as philosophy of science.”
-- Miriam Solomon, Temple University

Scientific Perspectivism is an interesting and important book, well written and well conceived by an innovative thinker whose views are widely discussed in the philosophy of science. Giere has long been arguing in conference papers, lectures, and publications for a position he calls ‘perspectivism,’ situated between realism and social constructivism. This detailed development of the view is most welcome.”
-- Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics

“Does science deliver the unvarnished truth, or is it some kind of social construct? Giere resolves this opposition, deciding in favor of both sides by exposing the conflict as an artifact of a problematic assumption that both sides—and most of us—are making. Just one of many insights! A must read for anyone with any interest in understanding science.”
-- Paul Teller, University of California, Davis

"Clear and engaging."
-- Peter Lipton, Science Published On: 2007-05-11

"A wonderful volume: insightful, compact, and readable."
-- Evan Selinger, Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Ronald N. Giere is professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Minnesota, a former director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and a past president of the Philosophy of Science Association. He is the author or editor of many books, including, most recently, Science without Laws, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 151 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0226292134
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226292137
  • Product Dimensions : 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; Illustrated Edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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