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Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy

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The world is complex, but acknowledging its complexity requires an appreciation for the many roles context plays in shaping natural phenomena. In Unsimple Truths, Sandra Mitchell argues that the long-standing scientific and philosophical deference to reductive explanations founded on simple universal laws, linear causal models, and predict-and-act strategies fails to accommodate the kinds of knowledge that many contemporary sciences are providing about the world. She advocates, instead, for a new understanding that represents the rich, variegated, interdependent fabric of many levels and kinds of explanation that are integrated with one another to ground effective prediction and action.

Mitchell draws from diverse fields including psychiatry, social insect biology, and studies of climate change to defend “integrative pluralism”—a theory of scientific practices that makes sense of how many natural and social sciences represent the multi-level, multi-component, dynamic structures they study. She explains how we must, in light of the now-acknowledged complexity and contingency of biological and social systems, revise how we conceptualize the world, how we investigate the world, and how we act in the world. Ultimately Unsimple Truths argues that the very idea of what should count as legitimate science itself should change.

Synopsis:

Sandra Mitchell is professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1: A Case of Complexity

Shifting Paradigms in Epistemology

2: Complexities of Organization: How We Think About the World

Emergence versus Reduction

Kim’s Analysis

Scientific Emergence

3: Complexities of Evolved Diversity: Laws

Does Biology Have Laws?

Contingency versus Natural Necessity

Necessity, Possibility, and the Contingent Universe

4: Science: How We Investigate the World

Knockout Experiments

Redundancy and Robustness

Interventionist Causes and Modularity

5: Policy: How We Act in the World

Robustness in Scenario Analysis

The Case of Genetically Modified Food

The Precautionary Principle

6: Integrative Pluralism

Integrated Multilevel Explanation

Pragmatic Considerations

Dynamical Perspectives

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226532653
Subtitle:
Science, Complexity, and Policy
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Creator:
Sandra D. Mitchell
Author:
Sandra D. Mitchell
Author:
Mitchell, Sandra D.
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Complexity (philosophy)
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091115
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
149

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