The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science
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The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science

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The great dream of philosophers and scientists has been to give a complete account of the order of things. The articulation of such a dream in the 20th century has been expressed in the idea of a unity of science. John Dupre systematically attacks the idea of scientific unity by showing how its underlying assumptions are at odds with the basic conclusions of science itself...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published February 22nd 1993 by Harvard University Press (first published February 1993)
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Modern Hermeneut
Dec 08, 2007 Modern Hermeneut rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scientists!
So you think scientists have got things pretty much figured out? Think again. This book makes it abundantly clear that most scientific claims are insidiously founded on reductionism, essentialism, and determinism.

And this is no reactionary polemic from some soft-thinking acolyte of the humanities. On the contrary, Dupre demonstrates fluency in the specialized vocabularies of an enormous range of scientific disciplines, from biology to astronomy. And, in contrast to the scientists he criticizes,...more
James Watson once said "real science is physics--all the rest is social work." Dupre has done a great job attacking the idea that there is some ontologically foundational science. Very important book for those uncomfortable with the methodological individualism of economics--the queen of modern day social sciences.
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i love this book and it's great for anyone interested in the shaky philosophical foundations on which many sweeping scientific thoughts are based.
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