Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn

Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn

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What can come of a scientific engagement with postmodern philosophy? Some scientists have claimed that the social sciences and humanities have nothing to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Dorothea E. Olkowski shows that the historic link between science and philosophy, mathematics itself, plays a fundamental role in the development of the worldviews that drive both fields. Focusing on language, its expression of worldview and usage, she develops a phenomenological account of human thought and action to explicate the role of philosophy in the sciences. Olkowski proposes a model of phenomenology, both scientific and philosophical, that helps make sense of reality and composes an ethics for dealing with unpredictability in our world.show more

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  • Book | 248 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 24mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253001129
  • 9780253001122

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"This book is beautifully written, engaging throughout and captivating... Authoritative and intelligent without being arrogant." -Claire Colebrook, The Pennsylvania State University "Dorothea E. Olkowski seeks to determine the limits of an ontology that derives its categories from the physics of deterministic chaos. She does so on the basis of an informed engagement with the history of modern physics. She goes on to develop an ethical framework based on phenomenological characteristics of the experience of the arrow of time." -Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University Chicago "This book is clear, but that does not mean it is not complex. Nevertheless, the struggle is rewarding; I highly recommend it." -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviewsshow more

About Dorothea E. Olkowski

Dorothea E. Olkowski is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Director of the Cognitive Studies Minor. She is author of Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation and Resistance, Flight, Creation: Feminist Enactments of French Philosophy and editor (with Christina Schues and Helen A. Fielding) of Time in Feminist Phenomenology (IUP, 2011).show more

Table of contents

Preface: Postmodern PhilosophyAcknowledgements1. Nature Calls: Scientific Worldviews and the Sokal Hoax2. The Natural Contract and the Archimedean World View3. Semi-Free: Thermodynamics, Probability and the New Worldview4. Burning Man: The Influence of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Science of Flow5. Philosophy's Extra-scientific Messages6. Love's Ontology: Ethics Beyond the Limits of Classical ScienceNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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