Reflections by Archaeologists and Philosophers

  • Lester Embree

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 147)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introductory Essay

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lester Embree
      Pages 3-50
  3. Archaeology

  4. Philosophy of Archaeology

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-343

About this book


An idea of the philosophy of archaeology can best be gained by showing what it is, what the issues are, who is working in the field, and how they proceed. Reading Lester Embree's Metaarchaeology provides the best possible introduction to the field, since in it several leading archaeologists show how accessible and interesting the current archeological literature is, and currently active philosophers of archaeology reveal something of the current state of discussion on the subject. Bibliographies have also been developed of the philosophy of archaeology as well as of selected parts of the component that can be called metaarchaeology. Finally, an historical introduction has been included to show the variety of metascientific as well as orientational standpoints that philosophers of archaeology have had recourse to for over two decades, followed by speculation about the future of the discipline within the philosophy of science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lester Embree
    • 1
  1. 1.College for Advanced Research in PhenomenologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4806-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1826-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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