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Kitcher, Philip 1947-

Works: 85 works in 373 publications in 4 languages and 15,250 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Commentator, Other
Classifications: QH371, 575.01
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Most widely held works by Philip Kitcher
Abusing science : the case against creationism by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
20 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in English and held by 2,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The lives to come : the genetic revolution and human possibilities by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
30 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Lives to Come is at once a concise and accessible guide to the research that scientists are conducting in the field of genetics, a realistic survey of the likely near-term contributions of that research to the treatment of disease, and a thoughtful probing of the deep moral and social issues raised by our increasing abilities to predict the onset of hereditary disease and to make decisions about the kinds of people who will be born. A distinguished scholar of the history and philosophy of science, Philip Kitcher insightfully addresses the practical and philosophical questions posed by the explosion of new discoveries in the field of genetics. As our ability to determine whether individuals are at risk for various diseases and disabilities increases, will medical treatments keep pace? Could widespread use of genetic tests lead to new forms of discrimination in insurance, employment, and how people are viewed by society? How can genetic knowledge improve law enforcement while protecting the rights of the innocent? As prenatal testing provides new opportunities to select the types of people brought into being, how can the abuse of that power be prevented so that we avoid the evils of the eugenic past? If scientists discover a genetic basis for traits deemed socially objectionable, might abortion become a tool for avoiding the birth of "undesirables"? To what extent do new discoveries support the idea that our destinies are written in our genes? More fundamentally, what will become of our self-image as we find out more and more about the mechanisms of our bodies and our brains?
Finding an ending reflections on Wagner's Ring by Philip Kitcher ( )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelungs. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. Kitcher and Schacht plunge the reader into the heart of Wagner's Ring, drawing out the philosophical and human significance of the text and the music. They show how different forms of love, freedom, heroism, authority, and judgment are explored and tested as it unfolds. As they journey across its sweeping musical-dramatic landscape, Kitcher and Schacht lead us to the central concern of the Ring - the problem of endowing life with genuine significance that can be enhanced rather than negated by its ending, if the right sort of ending can be found. The drama originates in Wotan's quest for a transformation of the primordial state of things into a world in which life can be lived more meaningfully. The authors trace the evolution of Wotan's efforts, the intricate problems he confronts, and his failures and defeats.; But while the problem Wotan poses for himself proves to be insoluble as he conceives of it, they suggest that his very efforts and failures set the stage for the transformation of his problem, and for the only sort of resolution of it that may be humanly possible - to which it is not Siegfried but rather Brunnhilde who shows the way. The Ring's ending, with its passing of the gods above and destruction of the world below, might seem to be devastating; but Kitcher and Schacht see a kind of meaning in and through the ending revealed to us that is profoundly affirmative, and that has perhaps never been so powerfully and so beautifully expressed
The ethical project by Philip Kitcher ( )
13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Principles of right and wrong guide the lives of almost all human beings, but we often see them as external to ourselves, outside our own control. In a revolutionary approach to the problems of moral philosophy, Philip Kitcher makes a provocative proposal: Instead of conceiving ethical commands as divine revelations or as the discoveries of brilliant thinkers, we should see our ethical practices as evolving over tens of thousands of years, as members of our species have worked out how to live together and prosper. Elaborating this radical new vision, Kitcher shows how the limited altruistic tendencies of our ancestors enabled a fragile social life, how our forebears learned to regulate their interactions with one another, and how human societies eventually grew into forms of previously unimaginable complexity. The most successful of the many millennia-old experiments in how to live, he contends, survive in our values today. Drawing on natural science, social science, and philosophy to develop an approach he calls "pragmatic naturalism," Kitcher reveals the power of an evolving ethics built around a few core principles--including justice and cooperation--but leaving room for a diversity of communities and modes of self-expression. Ethics emerges as a beautifully human phenomenon--permanently unfinished, collectively refined and distorted generation by generation. Our human values, Kitcher shows, can be understood not as a final system but as a project--the ethical project--in which our species has engaged for most of its history, and which has been central to who we are. ---- Book Description
Vaulting ambition : sociobiology and the quest for human nature by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
13 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Living with Darwin : evolution, design, and the future of faith by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher peers into the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing why evolution has been the object of such vehement attack." "Evolution is a dangerous idea. In this volume, Philip Kitcher illuminates this idea while suggesting ways to defuse the danger, suggestions that embrace both the religious impulse and the force of scientific evidence."--BOOK JACKET
Science, truth, and democracy by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
28 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Closely examining some of our most deeply held notions about the role of science, distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher engages the heated debate about how scientific knowledge should be pursued and employed. There currently exists a sharp divide between the purists who believe that the pursuit of scientific knowledge is always valuable and necessary and those who believe that it invariably serves the interests of the powerful. Kitcher rejects both perspectives, painting a pragmatic portrait of the sciences that allows for the possibility of scientific truth but nonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues to investigate."--Jacket
The advancement of science : science without legend, objectivity without illusions by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
28 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Setting a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines, in this book the well-known philosopher Philip Kitcher offers an innovative and detailed picture of the advancement of science." "During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and the overreactions to philosophical idealizations." "Recognizing that science is done not by logically omniscient subjects working in isolation, but by people with a variety of personal and social interests who cooperate and compete with one another, he argues that, nonetheless, we may conceive the growth of science as a process in which both our vision of nature and our ways of learning more about nature improve." "Undertaking a novel synthesis that preserves the very conceptions of objectivity and progress in epistemology and philosophy of science, this book accommodates and examines the insights of historians and sociologists of science who have criticized traditional philosophy of science. Pointing to a new way of discussing science, The Advancement of Science is of key interest to philosophers of science, historians of science, sociologists of science, and reflective scientists."--Jacket
The nature of mathematical knowledge by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
39 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History and philosophy of modern mathematics ( Book )
16 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Mendel's mirror : philosophical reflections on biology by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philip Kitcher is one of the leading figures in the philosophy of science today. Here he collects, for the first time, many of his published articles on the philosophy of biology, spanning from the mid-1980's to the present. The book's title refers to Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who was one of the first scientists to develop a theory of heredity. Mendel's work has been deeply influential to our understanding of our selves and our world, just as the study of genetics today will have a profound and long-term impact on future scientific research. Kitcher's articles cover a broad range of topics with similar philosophical and social significance: sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, species, race, altruism, genetic determinism, and the rebirth of creationism in Intelligent Design. Kitcher's work on the intersection of biology and the philosophy of science is both unprecedented and wide-ranging, and will appeal not only to philosophers of science, but to scholars and students across disciplines
Scientific explanation by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
17 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four decades of scientific explanation / Wesley C. Salmon -- Explanation and metaphysical controversy / Peter Railton -- Explanation : in search of the rationale / Matti Sintonen -- Scientific explanation : the causes, some of the causes, and nothing but the causes / Paul W. Humphreys -- Pure, mixed, and spurious probabilities and their significance for a reductionist theory of causation / David Papineau -- Capacities and abstractions / Nancy Cartwright -- The causal mechanical model of explanation / James Woodward -- Explanation in the social sciences / Merrilee H. Salmon -- Explanatory unification and the causal structure of the world / Philip Kitcher
Joyce's kaleidoscope : an invitation to Finnegans wake by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'Joyce's Kaleidoscope' is a refreshingly novel and systematic interpretation of one of the most famous and notoriously difficult works of literature - 'Finnegans Wake'
Science in a democratic society by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Preludes to pragmatism : toward a reconstruction of philosophy by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Over the last two decades the distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher has started to make a serious case for pragmatism as the source of a new life in contemporary philosophy. There are some, like Kitcher, who view today's analytic philosophy as mired in narrowly focused, technical disputes of little interest to the wider world. What is the future of philosophy, and what would it look like? These essays try to install the pragmatic spirit into contemporary philosophy, renewing James and Dewey for our own times
Deaths in Venice : the cases of Gustav von Aschenbach by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science, vérité et démocratie by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genetik und Ethik : die Revolution der Humangenetik und ihre Folgen by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mit Darwin leben : Evolution, Intelligent Design und die Zukunft des Glaubens by Philip Kitcher ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scientific realism and democratic society the philosophy of Philip Kitcher by Wenceslao J González ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philip Kitcher is among the key philosophers of science of our times. This volume offers an up to date analysis of his philosophical perspective taking into account his views on scientific realism and democratic society. The contributors to the volume focus on four different aspects of Kitcher's thought: the evolution of his philosophy, his present views on scientific realism, the epistemological analysis of his modest ("real" or "piecemeal") realism, and his conception of scientific practice. In the final chapter, the philosopher replies to his critics. The volume will be of interest to philosophers as well as anyone interested in the relation between science and society
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