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Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud : revolutions in the history and philosophy of science

Author: Friedel Weinert
Publisher: Chichester ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Scientific ideas change the way we think about the world and our place in it. Nicolaus Copernicus developed a heliocentric view of the cosmos that displaced humans from the physical center of the universe. Charles Darwin developed an evolutionary theory that placed humans firmly within the organismic order of nature. It was Sigmund Freud who saw himself as completing this cycle of disparagement by destroying the  Read more...
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Named Person: Nicolaus Copernicus; Charles Darwin; Sigmund Freud; Nicolaus Copernicus; Charles Darwin; Sigmund Freud; Nicolas Copernic; Charles Darwin; Sigmund Freud; Nicolaus Copernicus; Charles Darwin; Sigmund Freud
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Friedel Weinert
ISBN: 9781405181846 1405181842 9781405181839 1405181834
OCLC Number: 237788689
Description: xi, 284 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: I. Nicolaus Copernicus : the loss of centrality --
1. Ptolemy and Copernicus --
2. A clash of two worldviews --
3. The heliocentric worldview --
4. Copernicus was not a scientific revolutionary --
5. The transition to Newton --
6. Some philosophical lessons --
7. Copernicus and scientific revolutions --
8. The anthropic principle : a reversal of the Copernican turn? --
II. Charles Darwin : the loss of rational design --
1. Darwin and Copernicus --
2. Views of organic life --
3. Fossil discoveries --
4. Darwin's revolution --
5. Philosophical matters --
6. A question of method --
III. Sigmund Freud : the loss of transparency --
1. Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud --
2. Some views of humankind --
3. Scientism and the Freudian model of personality --
4. The social sciences beyond Freud --
5. Evolution and the social sciences --
6. Freud and revolutions in thought.
Other Titles: Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud
Responsibility: Friedel Weinert.
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