Ecological Understanding

Ecological Understanding : The Nature of Theory and the Theory of Nature

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This widely anticipated revision of the groundbreaking book, Ecological Understanding, updates this crucial sourcebook of contemporary philosophical insights for practicing ecologists and graduate students in ecology and environmental studies. The second edition contains new ecological examples, an expanded array of conceptual diagrams and illustrations, new text boxes summarizing important points or defining key terms, and new reference to philosophical issues and controversies. Although the first edition was recognized for its clarity, this revision takes the opportunity to make the exposition of complex topics still clearer to readers without a philosophical background.

Readers will gain an understanding of the goals of science, the structure of theory, the kinds of theory relevant to ecology, the way that theory changes, what constitutes objectivity in contemporary science, and the role of paradigms and frameworks for synthesis within ecology and in integration with other disciplines. Finally, how theory can inform and anchor the public use of ecological knowledge in civic debates is laid out. This new edition refines the understanding of how the structure and change of theory can improve the growth and application of one of the 21st century's key sciences.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 198.12 x 274.32 x 20.32mm | 839.14g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0125545223
  • 9780125545228
  • 2,158,302

Table of contents

Part I: Advancing the Discipline and Enhancing Applications
Ch. 1 Integration in Ecology
Ch. 2 Understanding in Ecology
Part II: The Nature of Theory
Ch. 3 The Anatomy of Theory
Ch. 4 The Ontogeny of Theory
Ch. 5 The Taxonomy of Theory
Part III: From Theory to Integration and Application
Ch. 6 Fundamental Questions:Changes in Understanding
Ch. 7 Integration and Synthesis
Part IV: Theory and Its Environment
Ch. 8 Constraint and Objectivity in Ecological Integration
Ch. 9 Ecological Understanding and the Public
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