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Special Sciences and the Unity of Science

  • Olga Pombo
  • Juan Manuel Torres
  • John Symons
  • Shahid Rahman

Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science book series (LEUS, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Olga Pombo, Juan Manuel Torres, John Symons, Shahid Rahman
    Pages 1-3
  3. Edwin J. Beggs, José Félix Costa, John V. Tucker
    Pages 53-80
  4. A. Perera, F. Sokolić
    Pages 81-87
  5. Nathalie Gontier
    Pages 89-111
  6. Francisco Carrapiço
    Pages 113-119
  7. Paco Calvo Garzón
    Pages 121-136

About this book


Science is a dynamic process in which the assimilation of new phenomena, perspectives, and hypotheses into the scientific corpus takes place slowly. The apparent disunity of the sciences is the unavoidable consequence of this gradual integration process. Some thinkers label this dynamical circumstance a ‘crisis’. However, a retrospective view of the practical results of the scientific enterprise and of science itself, grants us a clear view of the unity of the human knowledge seeking enterprise. This book provides many arguments, case studies and examples in favor of the unity of science. These contributions touch upon various scientific perspectives and disciplines such as: Physics, Computer Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Economics.


Disunity of Science Scence Unification Scientific Specialization Special Sciences Unity of Science Unity of Special Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Pombo
    • 1
  • Juan Manuel Torres
    • 2
  • John Symons
    • 3
  • Shahid Rahman
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Facultad de Filosofía y LetrasUniversidad Nacional de CuyoMendozaArgentina
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  4. 4., UFR Philosophie/ UMR-STL: 8163Université de LilleVilleneuve d'AsqueFrance

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The volume at hand … covers a wide range of special sciences from astronomy and physics to Freudian theory and the cultural sciences. … essays collected in this volume are of interest to philosophers working in these areas. The approach taken in this book fits within the broader context of bringing fresh ideas to an old debate. … The papers contain an interesting balance between scientific depth and philosophical speculation on how the unity of the sciences might work in some actual cases … .” (Hinne Hettema, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXXIII (4), 2013)