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Defending science--within reason : between scientism and cynicism

Author: Susan Haack
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Avoiding the twin pitfalls of scientism and cynicism, noted philosopher Susan Haack argues that, fallible and flawed as they are, the natural sciences have been among the most successful of human enterprises - valuable not only for the vast, interlocking body of knowledge they have discovered, and not only for the technological advances that have improved our lives, but as a manifestation of the human talent for
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Haack, Susan.
Defending science--within reason.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003
(OCoLC)606205361
Online version:
Haack, Susan.
Defending science--within reason.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003
(OCoLC)607031714
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Haack
ISBN: 1591021170 9781591021179
OCLC Number: 52377534
Description: 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Neither sacred nor a confidence trick : the critical common-sensist manifesto --
Nail soup : a brief, opinionated history of the old deferentialism --
Clues to the puzzle of scientific evidence : a more-so story --
The long arm of common sense : instead of a theory of scientific method --
Realistically speaking : how science fumbles, and sometimes forges, ahead --
The same, only different : integrating the intentional --
A modest proposal : the sensible program in sociology of science --
Stronger than fiction : science, literature, and the "literature of science" --
Entangled in the bramble bush : science in the law --
Point of honor : on science and religion --
What man can achieve when he really puts his mind to it : the value, and the values, of science --
Not till it's over : reflections on the end of science.
Responsibility: Susan Haack.
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"Avoiding the twin pitfalls of scientism and cynicism, noted philosopher Susan Haack argues that, fallible and flawed as they are, the natural sciences have been among the most successful of human enterprises - valuable not only for the vast, interlocking body of knowledge they have discovered, and not only for the technological advances that have improved our lives, but as a manifestation of the human talent for inquiry at its imperfect but sometimes remarkable best."

"This book explores the complexities of scientific evidence and the multifarious ways in which the sciences have refined and amplified the methods of everyday, empirical inquiry; articulates the ways in which the social sciences are like the natural sciences, and the ways in which they are different; disentangles the confusions of radical rhetoricians and cynical sociologists of science.

Exposes the evasions of apologists for religious resistance to scientific advances; weighs the benefits and the dangers of technology, tracks the efforts of the legal system to make the best use of scientific testimony, and tackles predictions of the eventual culmination, or annihilation, of the scientific enterprise."--Jacket.

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