© 2000

Science and Modernity

Toward an Integral Theory of Science


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 214)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Divine Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 3-16
    3. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 17-31
  3. Mundane Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 49-63
    3. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 64-79
    4. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 80-96
  4. Humane Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 99-114
    3. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 115-131
    4. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 132-148
    5. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 149-170
  5. Modern Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 173-197
    3. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 198-223
    4. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 224-247
    5. Srđan Lelas
      Pages 248-267
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269

About this book


Science is a multifaceted, natural and historical phenomenon. It consists of five elements, that is, it happens in five distinct media: biological, linguistic, technological, social, and historical. None of these alone provides an indubitable basis for the truth of scientific knowledge, but combined together they compose a solid ground for our trust in its reliability. The composition, however, is uniquely related to our modern mode of living. Science did not exist before modernity, and it will cease to exist in this form if our way of life should change. The book presents a thorough analysis of all these dimensions and their relations, and thus lays the path for an integral theory of science. Because of this it can be used as a textbook for general courses in the theory of science at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science and Modernity
  • Book Subtitle Toward an Integral Theory of Science
  • Authors S. Lelas
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6303-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0247-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-9036-0
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Nature
    Philosophy of Technology
    Philosophy, general
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