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Hacking, Ian

Works: 115 works in 597 publications in 11 languages and 13,971 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Other
Classifications: RC553.F83, 501
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Most widely held works by Ian Hacking
Mad travelers reflections on the reality of transient mental illnesses by Ian Hacking( )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 2,079 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
The emergence of probability : a philosophical study of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )
58 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 3 languages 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."--BOOK JACKET
Rewriting the soul : multiple personality and the sciences of memory by Ian Hacking( Book )
23 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is it like to suffer from multiple personality? Most diagnosed patients are women: why does gender matter? How does defining an illness affect the behavior of those who suffer from it? And, more generally, how do systems of knowledge about kinds of people interact with the people who are known about? Answering these and similar questions, Hacking explores the development of the modern multiple personality movement. He then turns to a fascinating series of historical vignettes about an earlier wave of multiples, people who were diagnosed as new ways of thinking about memory emerged, particularly in France, toward the end of the nineteenth century. Fervently occupied with the study of hypnotism, hysteria, sleepwalking, and fugue, scientists of this period aimed to take the soul away from the religious sphere. What better way to do this than to make memory a surrogate for the soul and then subject it to empirical investigation?
The social construction of what? by Ian Hacking( Book )
51 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,346 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."--BOOK JACKET
Why does language matter to philosophy? by Ian Hacking( Book )
52 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,125 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 )
51 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,028 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 )
47 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to the philosophy of natural science, organized around the central theme of scientific realism
Scientific revolutions ( Book )
30 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Logic of statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )
39 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 653 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 fort 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'"
Historical ontology by Ian Hacking( Book )
22 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to probability and inductive logic by Ian Hacking( Book )
16 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and French and held by 532 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
The structure of scientific revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An analysis of the history of science. Its publication was a landmark event in the sociology of knowledge, and popularized the terms paradigm and paradigm shift
Exercises in analysis : essays by students of Casimir Lewy by Ian Hacking( Book )
11 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 318 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 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all? by Ian Hacking( Book )
12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'âme réécrite : étude sur la personnalité multiple et les sciences de la mémoire by Ian Hacking( Book )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in French and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'auteur, philosophe canadien, fait ici une étude fascinante sur un cas célèbre relatif à la mémoire: la personnalité multiple. La dissociation en fragments de la personnalité aurait pour origine les abus subis lors de l'enfance et longtemps oubliés. D'où le concept de mémoire pour expliquer ce trouble mental assez controversé
Leibniz and Descartes, proof and eternal truths by Ian Hacking( Book )
3 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften by Ian Hacking( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in German and English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Multiple Persönlichkeit : zur Geschichte der Seele in der Moderne by Ian Hacking( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in German and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le plus pur nominalisme : L'énigme de Goodman :"vleu" et usages de "vleu" by Ian Hacking( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Hacking, Ian MacDougall.
Хакинг, Ян 1936-
إيان هاكينج، 1936-
ハッキング, イーアン
English (379)
German (29)
French (16)
Spanish (13)
Italian (11)
Japanese (8)
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