Controversy Spaces

A model of scientific and philosophical change

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| Bariloche Foundation, Program of Philosophy
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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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Oscar Nudler
1–6
Part I. The model of controversy spaces
7–8
chapter 1. Controversy spaces: The dialectical nature of change in the sciences and philosophy
Oscar Nudler
9–26
Part II. Controversy spaces in the history of philosophy
27–28
chapter 2. Historiographic refocalization and change in the historicity regime: The controversy space surrounding the representation of past and contemporary historical catastrophes
Francisco Naishtat
29–56
chapter 3. A brief history of supervenience in the controversy space of recent philosophy of mind
Diana Pérez
57–74
Part III. Controversy spaces in the history of science
75–76
chapter 4. The problem of irreversibility, from Fourier to Chaos theory: The trajectory of a controversy space
Olimpia Lombardi
77–102
chapter 5. The relation between Chemistry and Physics: Origin and present relevance of a controversy space
Martín Labarca
103–122
chapter 6. Jacques Rohault’s system of natural philosophy: History of a controvery space
Laura Benítez Grobet
123–134
chapter 7. How DNA became an important molecule: Controversies at the origins of molecular biology
Eleonora Cresto
135–162
chapter 8. The development of 20th-century American linguistics as a controversy space
Jose Maria Gil
163–182
Contributors
183–184
Author index
185–186
Subject index
187–188
“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.”
Subjects

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011022944