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Hacking, Ian

Overview
Works: 161 works in 828 publications in 12 languages and 17,325 library holdings
Genres: History  Internet videos  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Commentator, Opponent
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Most widely held works by Ian Hacking
Mad travelers : reflections on the reality of transient mental illnesses by Ian Hacking( )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Medical reports of Dadas set off at the time a small epidemic of compulsive mad voyagers, the epicenter of which was Bordeaux but which soon spread throughout France to Italy, Germany, and Russia. Today we are besieged by mental illnesses of the moment, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The debate rages about which of these conditions are affectations or cultural artifacts and which are "real." In Mad Travelers, Ian Hacking uses the Dadas case to weigh the legitimacy of cultural influences versus physical symptoms in the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. He argues that psychological symptoms find stable homes at a given place and time, in "ecological niches" where transient illnesses flourish. Using the records of Philippe Tissie, Dadas's physician, Hacking attempts to make sense of this strange epidemic. While telling his fascinating tale, he raises probing questions about the nature of the mental disorders, the cultural repercussions of their diagnosis, and the relevance of this century-old case study for today's overanalyzed society
Rewriting the soul : multiple personality and the sciences of memory by Ian Hacking( )

46 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 2,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-five years ago one could list by name the tiny number of multiple personalities recorded in the history of Western medicine, but today hundreds of people receive treatment for dissociative disorders in every sizable town in North America. Clinicians, backed by a grassroots movement of patients and therapists, find child sexual abuse to be the primary cause of the illness, while critics accuse the "MPD" community of fostering false memories of childhood trauma. Here the distinguished philosopher Ian Hacking uses the MPD epidemic and its links with the contemporary concept of child abuse to scrutinize today's moral and political climate, especially our power struggles about memory and our efforts to cope with psychological injuries
The emergence of probability : a philosophical study of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )

69 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century, although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking here presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The contemporary debates center around figures such as Pascal, Leibniz and Jacques Bernoulli."--Jacket
The social construction of what? by Ian Hacking( Book )

58 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality."--Jacket
Why does language matter to philosophy? by Ian Hacking( Book )

63 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many people find themselves dissatisfied with recent linguistic philosophy, and yet know that language has always mattered deeply to philosophy and must in some sense continue to do so. Ian Hacking considers here some dozen case studies in the history of philosophy to show the different ways in which language has been important, and the consequences for the development of the subject. There are chapters on, among others, Hobbes, Berkeley, Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Feyerabend and Davidson. Dr Hacking ends by speculating about the directions in which philosophy and the study of language seem likely to go. The book will provide students with a stimulating, broad survey of problems in the theory of meaning and the development of philosophy, particularly in this century. The topics treated in the philosophy of language are among the central, current concerns of philosophers, and the historical framework makes it possible to introduce concretely and intelligibly all the main theoretical issues
The taming of chance by Ian Hacking( Book )

66 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book combines detailed scientific historical research with characteristic philosophic breadth and verve
Representing and intervening : introductory topics in the philosophy of natural science by Ian Hacking( Book )

79 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the philosophy of natural science, organized around the central theme of scientific realism
Scientific revolutions by Ian Hacking( Book )

44 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A function for thought experiments / T.S. Kuhn / - Meaning and scientific change / Dudley Shapere / - The corroboration of theories / Hilary Putnam / - The rationality of scientific revolutions / Sir Karl Popper / - History of science and its rational reconstructions / Imre Lakatos / - Lakatos's philosophy of science / Larry Laudan / How to defend society against science / Paul Feyerabend
The structure of scientific revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition of Kuhn's work in the history of science includes an introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn's ideas to the science of today. Keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking's introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index
Logic of statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )

57 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a philosophical study of the basic principles of statistical reasoning. Professor Hacking has sought to discover the simple principles which underlie modern work in mathematical statistics and to test them, both at a philosophical level and in terms of their practical consequences for statisticians. The ideas of modern logic are used to analyse these principles, and results are presented without the use of unfamiliar symbolism. It begins with a philosophical analysis of a few central concepts and then, using an elementary system of logic, develops most of the standard statistical theory. The analysis provides answers to many disputed questions about how to test statistical hypotheses and about how to estimate quantities in the light of statistical data. One product of the analysis is a sound and consistent rationale for R.A. Fisher's controversial concept of 'fiducial probability.'"--Back cover
Historical ontology by Ian Hacking( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the unusual clarity, distinctive and engaging style, and penetrating insight that have drawn such a wide range of readers to his work, Ian Hacking here offers his reflections on the philosophical uses of history. The focus of this volume, which collects both recent and now-classic essays, is the historical emergence of concepts and objects, through new uses of words and sentences in specific settings, and new patterns or styles of reasoning within those sentences. In its lucid and thoroughgoing look at the historical dimension of concepts, the book is at once a systematic formulation of Hacking's approach and its relation to other types of intellectual history, and a valuable contribution to philosophical understanding
An introduction to probability and inductive logic by Ian Hacking( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an introductory textbook on probability and induction written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of science. The book has been designed to offer maximal accessibility to the widest range of students (not only those majoring in philosophy) and assumes no formal training in elementary symbolic logic. It offers a comprehensive course covering all basic definitions of induction and probability, and considers such topics as decision theory, Bayesianism, frequency ideas, and the philosophical problem of induction. The key features of this book are a lively and vigorous prose style; lucid and systematic organization and presentation of ideas; many practical applications; a rich supply of exercises drawing on examples from such fields as psychology, ecology, economics, bioethics, engineering, and political science; numerous brief historical accounts of how fundamental ideas of probability and induction developed; and a full bibliography of further reading. -- Back cover
Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all? by Ian Hacking( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hacking explores how mathematics became possible for the human race, and how it ensured our status as the dominant species
Exercises in analysis : essays by students of Casimir Lewy by Ian Hacking( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concise introduction to logic by Ian Hacking( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changes in Our Conception of Human Nature (Part Two)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Ian Hacking continues his exploration of changes in the way human nature has been looked at over time. He notes that as cities began to grow so, too, did crime and poverty. As a result, resources which might have at one time been used to study human nature were now being utilized by massive bureaucracies to study the troubling issues that came about as a result of urban growth
Theoreticians and Experimenters( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Ian Hacking talks about the differences in approach and skill sets between those who practice science primarily as theoreticians, and others who are primarily experimenters. Professor Hacking points out that theoreticians get most of the attention now, adding that some, like Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei, have also been remarkable experimenters
Empiricism and Rationalism( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Ian Hacking talks about the challenge of making a clear distinction between classic rationalists and empiricists. He notes that "there's an awful lot of theorizing to be found in those empiricists, and a lot of concern with experimentation and observation in rationalists." Ultimately, he says, the empiricist-rationalist distinction is sometimes much more like a British-Continental Europe distinction
Sir Francis Bacon And The Case For Curiosity( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Ian Hacking talks about the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to scientific inquiry. Professor Hacking notes that while Bacon's approach later came to be viewed as a model for how science should be done, during his lifetime, he didn't actually have any strong, philosophical conceptions regarding proper scientific inquiry. In fact, his primary message was that those doing science should observe rather than read, and his greatest contribution may have been his emphasis on the value of curiosity
Innate Ideas and Mathematical Proof( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher Ian Hacking observes that rationalists were fascinated by the possibility of mathematical proof, while empiricists were not. He notes that there is an enormous difference to this day among philosophers about this same subject. For those who do believe in the validity of such proofs, there is also a belief that the human mind must be born with certain fundamental ideas, without which mathematical proofs and recognition of things in the world would not be possible
 
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Rewriting the soul : multiple personality and the sciences of memoryThe emergence of probability : a philosophical study of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inferenceThe social construction of what?Why does language matter to philosophy?The taming of chanceRepresenting and intervening : introductory topics in the philosophy of natural scienceScientific revolutionsLogic of statistical inference
Alternative Names
Hacking, Ian MacDougall.

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해킹, 아이안 1936-

해킹, 아이언 1936-

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