Controversy Spaces

A model of scientific and philosophical change

Oscar Nudler | Bariloche Foundation, Program of Philosophy
ISBN 9789027218902 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027284846 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The notion of controversy space is the key element of the new model of scientific and philosophical change introduced in this book. Devised as an alternative to classical models, the model of Controversy Spaces is a heuristic tool for the reconstruction of processes of conceptual change in the history of science and philosophy. The first chapter of this volume outlines in its initial section the historical trajectory of the dialectical, adversarial approach to the progress of knowledge, from its ancient flourishing and its almost complete oblivion in modernity up to its contemporary revival. Then the main features that characterize the structure and dynamics of controversy spaces are identified and examined. In the rest of the book the reader will find a detailed, fascinating series of case studies that apply the CS model in a variety of scientific areas, ranging from physics to linguistics, as well as the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of historiography.
[Controversies, 10] 2011.  vi, 187 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Another, perhaps the key, contribution of the controversy space model is to widen the unit of analysis of intellectual history, from isolated 'controversies' to [...] structurally complex, evolving sets of controversies. This unit of analysis makes room for a wider synchronic and diachronic temporal scale, providing a powerful heuristic tool for historians of science and philosophy.”



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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011022944 | Marc record