Science and the Quest for Reality

  • Alfred I. Tauber

Part of the Main Trends of the Modern World book series (MTMW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Alfred I. Tauber
      Pages 1-49
  3. Science and its World View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Alfred North Whitehead
      Pages 53-69
    3. Martin Heidegger
      Pages 70-88
  4. The Problem of Scientific Realism

  5. The Nature of Scientific Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Robert Richards
      Pages 203-230
    3. Thomas S. Kuhn
      Pages 231-245
  6. The Boundaries of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Michel Callon
      Pages 249-292
    3. Thomas F. Gieryn
      Pages 293-332
  7. Science and Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Nicholas A. Ashford, Karin A. Gregory
      Pages 335-346
    3. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 347-362
    4. Hilary Putnam
      Pages 363-369
    5. Marjorie Grene
      Pages 370-381
    6. Max Weber
      Pages 382-394
    7. Alfred I. Tauber
      Pages 395-410
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 411-419

About this book


Science and the Quest for Reality is an interdisciplinary anthology that situates contemporary science within its complex philosophical, historical, and sociological contexts. The anthology is divided between, firstly, characterizing science as an intellectual activity and, secondly, defining its social role. The philosophical and historical vicissitudes of science's truth claims has raised profound questions concerning the role of science in society beyond its technological innovations. The deeper philosophical issues thus complement the critical inquiry concerning the broader social and ethical influence of contemporary science. In the tradition of the 'Main Trends of the Modern World' series, this volume includes both classical and contemporary works on the subject.


complex development dynamics ethics experiment innovation nature philosophy realism science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfred I. Tauber
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

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