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The Human difference : animals, computers, and the necessity of social science

Author: Alan Wolfe
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This critique of modern American intellectual life examines the antihumanism underlying many contemporary academic trends and calls for a return to a moral and humanistic social science in which the  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Wolfe
ISBN: 0520080130 9780520080133
OCLC Number: 25507916
Description: xvii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A Distinct Science for a Distinct Species. Sociology's Fragility. Nature's Revenge. Equality at What Price? The Interpreting Self and the Meaningful Society --
2. Other Animal Species and Us. Social Theory and the Second Biological Revolution. The Case for Other Animals. What Sociobiology Teaches Us. Tertiary Rules and Human Choice --
3. Mind, Self, Society, and Computer. Respect for Machines. The Human Essence Test. Software Intelligence. Hardware Intelligence. Computers, Humans, and Rules --
4. Putting Nature First. The Environmental Impulse. Animal Rights and Human Imagination. Deep Ecology. Gaia. The Computer in the Woods --
5. The Post-modern Void. Between the Sacred and the Profane. Beneath the Sacred and the Profane. Information Versus Meaning. Algorithmic Justice. A World Safe for Systems --
6. Social Science as a Way of Knowing. The Two Faces of Social Science. Methodological Pluralism. Sociological Realism. Social Science as a Vocation. Is Sociology Necessary? --
7. Society on Its Own Terms. Competing Metaphors. What Social Institutions Are For. Philosophical Anthropology Revisited.
Responsibility: Alan Wolfe.

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