Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology (BOK)

Jeffrey A. Lockwood, William A. Reiners

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Ecologists use a remarkable range of methods and techniques to understand complex, inherently variable, and functionally diverse entities and processes across a staggering range of spatial, temporal and interactive scales. These multiple perspectives make ecology very different to the exemplar of science often presented by philosophers. In Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology, designed for graduate students and researchers, ecology is put into a new philosophical framework that engages with this inherent pluralism while still placing constraints on the ways that we can investigate and understand nature. The authors begin by exploring the sources of variety in the practice of ecology and how these have led to the current conceptual confusion. They argue that the solution is to adopt the approach of constrained perspectivism and go on to explore the ontological, metaphysical, and epistemological aspects of this position and how it can be used in ecological research and teaching.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Jeffrey A. Lockwood, William A. Reiners
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521133036
Antall sider 226 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,2cm
Vekt 380 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Ecological science, the Biosphere, Philosophy of science

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