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Science, philosophy and physical geography

Author: Robert Inkpen
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Inkpen
ISBN: 9780415679657 0415679656 9780415679664 0415679664 9780203806340 0203806344
OCLC Number: 823014101
Description: xiii, 235 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Ideas, change and stability in physical geography --
What are ideas and how do they change? --
Johannes Umbgrove and plate tectonics --
Is there a history of ideas in physical geography? --
What are the important concepts in physical geography? --
Chaos, complexity and Earth Systems Science (ESS) --
Summary --
ch. 2 The nature of reality --
What is reality? --
Views of different philosophies --
Case Study: Critical rationalism: an example from environmental reconstruction --
Reality as a dialogue --
Theory, reality and practice --
Case Study: Myths and theories --
Physical geography as historical science --
Summary --
ch. 3 Entities and classification --
Introduction --
What are entities? --
Entities and kinds --
Case Study: Species as natural kinds --
Case Study: Magnitude and frequency --
entities out of context --
Classification --
Case Study: The EU Water Framework Directive and the classification of surface water status. Contents note continued: Case Study: Classification of soils --
Events --
mega entities? --
Summary --
ch. 4 Forms of explanation --
Explanation in physical geography --
What is explanation? --
Causality --
Case Study: necessary and sufficient conditions --
Explanatory frameworks --
Case Study: Abduction as a form of explanation in environmental reconstruction --
Case Study: Linking theory and practice --
The problems of causation --
Summary --
ch. 5 Probing reality --
Probing and the dialogue with reality --
Measurement systems --
Case Study: Triangulation of techniques --
measurement of surface form on rocks --
Practice in physical geography --
Case Study: Linking process and form --
intensive study of bedforms --
Case Study: Probing reality --
fluvial flow structure --
Case Study: Multiple working hypotheses --
Summary --
ch. 6 The field --
What is `field science'? --
The philosophies of fieldwork --
Case Study: Local underdeterminism and the Younger Dryas event. Contents note continued: `Simplifying the field'- laboratory and experimental research --
Monitoring the field --
Fieldwork as a reflective and imaginative practice --
Summary --
ch. 7 Systems --
the framework for physical geography? --
Systems analysis in physical geography --
Application of systems thinking --
Systems and change --
Case Study: Systems and landscape sensitivity --
Summary --
ch. 8 Change and complexity --
Equilibrium --
an ex-concept? --
Chaos and complexity --
more of the same? --
Case study: Chaos theory and ecological systems --
Emergence and hierarchies --
scale revisited? --
Case Study: Scale and (dis)connectivity --
Case Study: Complexity and change --
landscape evolution and organisation --
Summary --
ch. 9 Modelling --
Conceptual approaches to modelling --
Types of models --
Case Study: Numerical modelling of Late Quaternary relative sea-level change and glacial isostatic adjustment --
Issues in modelling --
bounding, parameters and uncertainty. Contents note continued: Case Study: GLUE and modelling --
analysing uncertainty --
Summary --
ch. 10 Physical geography and societies --
Paradigms and social networks --
Social construction and physical geography? --
Ethics in physical geography ---
reflection required? --
Case Study: Fraud in physical geography? --
Physical and human geography --
division or integration? --
Participatory science and physical geography --
Summary.
Responsibility: Rob Inkpen and Graham Wilson.

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