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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.

Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social approaches to mental illness to vying accounts of current research in sedimentary geology. He looks at the issue of child abuse--very much a reality, though the idea of child abuse is a social product. He also cautiously examines the ways in which advanced research on new weapons influences not the content but the form of science. In conclusion, Hacking comments on the "culture wars" in anthropology, in particular a spat between leading ethnographers over Hawaii and Captain Cook. Written with generosity and gentle wit by one of our most distinguished philosophers of science, this wise book brings a much needed measure of clarity to current arguments about the nature of knowledge.

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Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Ian Hacking's book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality. Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social approaches to mental illness to vying accounts of current research in sedimentary geology.

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Ian Hacking is recipient of the 2009 Holberg International Memorial Prize

About the Author

Ian Hackingis University Professor Emeritus at the <>University of Toronto. He holds the chair of Philosophy and History of Concepts at the College de France. Among his many books, the most recent is Rewriting the Soul.

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Preface

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674004122
Author:
Hacking, Ian
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Knowledge, sociology of
Subject:
Constructionism
Subject:
Socilolgy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 48
Publication Date:
November 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Ian Hacking's book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality. Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social approaches to mental illness to vying accounts of current research in sedimentary geology.
"Synopsis" by , Ian Hacking is recipient of the 2009 Holberg International Memorial Prize
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