Understanding Nature - Zwart, Hub
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We tend to identify real knowledge of nature with science, and for good reasons. The sciences have developed unique ways of disclosing and modifying the intricate workings of nature, building on quantitative, experimental and technologically advanced styles of thinking. Scientific research has produced robust and reliable forms of knowledge, using methodologies that are often remarkably transparent and verifiable. At the same time, laboratories and other research settings are highly artificial environments, constituting drastically modified versions of reality, allowing nature to emerge in a…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
We tend to identify real knowledge of nature with science, and for good reasons. The sciences have developed unique ways of disclosing and modifying the intricate workings of nature, building on quantitative, experimental and technologically advanced styles of thinking. Scientific research has produced robust and reliable forms of knowledge, using methodologies that are often remarkably transparent and verifiable. At the same time, laboratories and other research settings are highly artificial environments, constituting drastically modified versions of reality, allowing nature to emerge in a particular way. This book starts from the conviction that there are other ways of knowing about nature besides science. Notably, literary documents (novels, plays, poems) on nature and the natural entities (landscapes, animals, plant forms) may be based on careful observations, quite elaborate and true to life. Comparative epistemology is the discipline that tries to assess, in a critical manner, the relative validity and value of various knowledge forms. This volume presents a series of case studies in comparative epistemology, critically comparing the works of prominent representatives of the life sciences (such as Aristotle, Darwin, Mendel and many others) with the writings of their literary counterparts (Andersen, Melville, Verne, Ibsen, and many others). It constitutes a major contribution to the expanding field of Science and Literature Studies, allowing basic insights from the sciences and the humanities to mutually challenge and enlighten one another. Science is not the only route to understanding nature. This volume presents a series of case studies in comparative epistemology, critically comparing the works of prominent representatives of the life sciences, such as Aristotle, Darwin, and Mendel, with the writings of literary masters, such as Andersen, Melville, Verne, and Ibsen. It constitutes a major contribution to the growing field of science and literature studies.
  • Produktdetails
  • The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics Vol.13
  • Verlag: Springer Netherlands
  • Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Seitenzahl: 296
  • Erscheinungstermin: 25. November 2010
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 155mm x 16mm
  • Gewicht: 452g
  • ISBN-13: 9789048176540
  • ISBN-10: 9048176549
  • Artikelnr.: 32095220
Inhaltsangabe
Comparative Epistemology.- Antecedents: Comparative Epistemology as an Outcome.- Animal Epistemology.- What is an Animal? A Comparative Epistemology of Animals.- What is a Whale? Moby-Dick, Marine Science and the Sublime.- What is a Dog? Animal Experiments and Animal Novels.- The Birth of a Research Animal.- Plants, Landscapes and Environments.- Aquaphobia, Tulipmania, Biophilia: A Moral Geography of the Dutch Landscape.- Taming Microbes: Ibsen's Dr. Stockmann as a Contemporary of Pasteur and Koch.- Pea Stories. Why was Mendel's Research Ignored in 1866 and Rediscovered in 1900?.- Jules Verne's Oeuvre: A Literary Encyclopaedia of Science and Technology.- Conclusion.- Epistemological Exercises: Towards a Typology of Knowledge Forms.
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"Hub Zwart's Understanding Nature is a project designed as a defense of epistemology reformulated as a comparative practice that conceives knowledge as a process undertaken by a range of disciplines and practices to apprehend the constitutive features of complex phenomena. ... the great strength of Understanding Nature is Zwart's fascinating and provocative readings of philosophers, novelists, poets, scientists, and dramatists. ... it is a study of the limits and uniqueness of the perceptual vantages that give rise to scientific and literary forms of expression." (Christopher C. Robinson, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009)