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  1. Anna Marmodoro (forthcoming). Producing, Composing or Passing Around Powers. [REVIEW] Metascience.
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  2. Moti Mizrahi (forthcoming). A Theory of Argumentation. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-4.
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  3. Howard Sankey (forthcoming). Constructively Engaging with Relativism. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-5.
    Traditional epistemology is haunted by the spectre of scepticism. Yet the more pressing concern in the contemporary intellectual scene must surely be relativism rather than scepticism. This has been the case in the history and philosophy of science since the work of Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend, to say nothing of the emergence of the sociology of scientific knowledge.In Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, Markus Seidel comes firmly to grips with this modern spectre. Though Seidel devotes attention to other forms (...)
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  4. Riccardo Bruni (forthcoming). Paradoxes: How to Learn Loving Them, and Stop Worrying. Metascience:1-4.
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  5. Robert P. Crease (forthcoming). Dogmatism Rampant. Metascience:1-3.
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  6. Paul Israel (forthcoming). Contesting the History of Invention. Metascience:1-4.
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  7. Christopher C. Knight (forthcoming). Science and Orthodox Christianity: Some Historical Perspectives. Metascience:1-4.
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  8. Maria Panagiotatou (forthcoming). Making Sense of Probabilities in Physics. Metascience.
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  9. Trevor Pinch (forthcoming). Immanuel Velikovsky and the Return of the Fringe. Metascience:1-5.
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  10. Bernard E. Rollin (forthcoming). Grounding Science in Ethics. Metascience:1-4.
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  11. Marshall Abrams, Frederick Eberhardt & Michael Strevens (forthcoming). Equidynamics and Reliable Reasoning About Frequencies. Metascience:1-16.
    Marshall AbramsStrevens’ Tychomancy is an important book for philosophers and historians of science, and for scientists interested in the processes by which we reason about probabilities and frequencies, or interested in the evolution of our ability to do so. Strevens notes that we often have very good intuitions about probability and frequencies in physical processes, and asks how and why that is so. He describes several closely related reasoning strategies that would justify such intuitions. These “equidynamic” reasoning strategiesI will use (...)
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  12. Lloyd Ackert (forthcoming). Red Blood, Red Science, Red Fiction: Bogdanov's Proletarian Assemblage. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-4.
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  13. Keith Allen (forthcoming). Situating Locke's Works in Their Intellectual, Political, and Religious Contexts. Metascience:1-3.
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  14. Katharine Anderson (forthcoming). Circling in on Tyndall and Turner. Metascience:1-4.
    The subtitle of this work surely deserves a place on its cover. John Tyndall was a Victorian scientist remarkable for his experimental abilities, his wide range of interests in physics and his aggressive personality. He fought his way to a scientific career in London from humble beginnings as a surveyor, railroad engineer and schoolteacher. At his height, from the 1860s to the early 1880s, he juggled several different roles in addition to his principal appointment as professor of natural philosophy at (...)
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  15. Ana Barahona (forthcoming). Historical Studies on Race, Multiculturalism and Genomics in Latin America. Metascience:1-4.
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  16. Peter Barker, Peter Dear, J. R. Christianson & Robert S. Westman (forthcoming). Why Was Copernicus a Copernican? Metascience:1-21.
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  17. D. W. Belousek (forthcoming). Interpretation and Ontology in Modern Physics. Metascience.
     
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  18. Constance H. Berman (forthcoming). The Daily Grind: Monastic Milling in Britain. Metascience:1-3.
    Adam Lucas has written another excellent book on medieval history and technology. His approach follows in many ways those of John Langdon and Richard Holt, whose influence he graciously acknowledges. Lucas also continues their challenge to older theories about water-powered mills. What his study adds to theirs is a considerable additional number of medieval monastic and ecclesiastical communities and their mills, most of these located in parts of England much less studied earlier. Thus, he adds considerably to our overall knowledge (...)
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  19. Stefaan Blancke (forthcoming). A Fascinating Guide to Creationist Minds: Review of Among the Creationists. Dispatches From the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline by Jason Rosenhouse. [REVIEW] Metascience.
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  20. Victor D. Boantza (forthcoming). The Uses of Style and the 'Big Picture' History of Science. Metascience:1-7.
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  21. Mieke Boon (forthcoming). Technological Functions: Their Conception, Manifestation and Production. Metascience.
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  22. David C. Brock (forthcoming). Network Effects: Communities, Devices, and Disciplines. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-4.
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  23. E. Castellani & L. Crosilla (forthcoming). On French and Krause's Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical and Formal Analysis. Metascience.
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  24. Gustavo Cevolani (forthcoming). A Systematic Companion to “Neoclassical” Philosophy of Science. Metascience:1-5.
    After the demise of logical empiricism in the late fifties of the past century, philosophy of science entered a sort of Kuhnian revolutionary phase. Both its central problems and the methods used to address them underwent a profound change; under the pressure of the “new” philosophy of science—and of the various historical, sociological, cultural, or feminist approaches—the way of doing philosophy championed by Carnap and Popper was progressively abandoned by many scholars interested in the study of science. Today, it is (...)
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  25. Alan Chalmers (forthcoming). Creating a Social Space for Modern Science. Metascience:1-5.
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  26. Anthony Corones (forthcoming). Therapeutic Persuaders. Metascience:1-3.
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  27. James Cussens (forthcoming). Probability, Uncertainty and Artificial Intelligence. Metascience:1-7.
    The central thesis of this book is that the argument that probability is insufficient to handle uncertainty in artificial intelligence (AI) is metaphysical in nature. Piscopo calls this argument against probability the non-adequacy claim and provides this summary of it [which first appeared in (Piscopo and Birattari 2008)]:Probability theory is not suitable to handle uncertainty in AI because it has been developed to deal with intrinsically stochastic phenomena, while in AI, uncertainty has an epistemic nature. (Piscopo (3))Piscopo uses the term (...)
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  28. John B. Davis (forthcoming). The World in the Model and the Model in the World. Metascience:1-6.
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  29. David DeVorkin (forthcoming). Minding the Nebulae. Metascience:1-4.
    In the years before stars, planets and the nebulae ‘recorded themselves’ by impressing their light on photographic film, astronomers peering through big telescopes were faced with the challenge of recording what they saw, and translating that experience somehow to a permanent communicable medium so others could share in the observations to discern what messages they held about the universe. Since this was prior to the late nineteenth century, few astronomers were affected, mainly because the mainstream goal of the day was (...)
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  30. Costas Dimitracopoulos (forthcoming). On Modal and Intuitionistic Logics. Metascience:1-4.
    The volume under review contains work dedicated to the memory of Leo Esakia, who died in 2010, after having worked for over 40 years towards developing duality theory for modal and intuitionistic logics. The collection comprises ten technical contributions that follow the first chapter, in which the reader can find information on Esakia’s studies and career, as well as a complete list of his research publications. In the sequel, we will refer briefly to each of these ten chapters, following the (...)
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  31. Costas Dimitracopoulos (forthcoming). A Panorama of Philosophical Logic. Metascience:1-4.
    In June 2012, the conference Trends in Logic XI, whose main theme was Advances in Philosophical Logic, took place at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Eight of the invited papers were published in a special issue of the journal Studia Logica. The present volume contains fourteen papers, which the editors selected out of the contributed papers presented at the conference, in order to offer a panorama of the themes developed in philosophical logic in the last two decades or so, as (...)
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  32. Simon D’Alfonso (forthcoming). Weathering the Infostorm. Metascience:1-4.
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  33. Donald Gillies (forthcoming). A New Branch of Philosophy of Science: The Philosophy of Medicine. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-4.
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  34. Melinda Gormley (forthcoming). Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences for Science and World Affairs. Metascience:1-3.
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  35. Irene Goudarouli (forthcoming). The Paradoxes of the New Science. Metascience:1-3.
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  36. Marta Halina (forthcoming). Understanding Mechanistic Research. Metascience:1-3.
    The professionalization of science is a recent phenomenon. Before the mid-1800s, investigations of the natural world were largely performed by those hobbyists who had the leisure time to do so. Things are very different today. Open one of the over twenty thousand scientific journals currently in circulation, and you would be hard pressed to decipher the technical prose, much less the methodological and conceptual strategies being employed. This is changing, however. People are not only taking greater interest in how science (...)
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  37. William L. Harper, Kent W. Staley, Henk W. De Regt & Peter Achinstein (forthcoming). Objective Evidence and Rules of Strategy: Achinstein on Method. Metascience:1-30.
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  38. David Henderson (forthcoming). On the Real Workings of Social Construction. Metascience:1-4.
    This book provides a thorough and compelling argument for a realist form of moderate social constructionism. It argues that social scientists should provide an explanatory account of the construction of various elements of the social world. Such accounts should be realist because, “social construction is a real process and a process whose products are real” . The argument here furthers a tradition that includes work by Bhaskar and Searle. The book is a pleasure to read. Elder-Vass writes in an admirably (...)
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  39. David K. Henderson (forthcoming). A Critical Perspective on a Critical Perspective on Social Science. Metascience:1-5.
    Yoshida considers two broad understandings of how social scientists can and should “describe and explain other cultures or their aspects under concepts of rationality” . In the one corner is a family of approaches that Yoshida finds deeply flawed: cultural interpretivist approaches. Five authors representative of this family are given fine chapter length examinations: Winch, Taylor, Geertz, Sahlins, and Obeyesekere. In the other corner is Yoshida’s favored approach: critical rationalism. This approach is associated with the intellectual descendants of Karl Popper—notably (...)
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  40. D. Howard (forthcoming). Review of S. French and D. Krause, Identity and Individuality in Classical and Quantum Physics. [REVIEW] Metascience.
     
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  41. Ingvar Johansson (forthcoming). Applied Mereology. Metascience:1-7.
    One purely formal discipline, mathematics, permeates modern natural, social, and medical sciences as well as technology and engineering. Another purely formal discipline, formal mereology, has the last decades rapidly grown within philosophy. The obvious question now is: of what use can formal mereology be in the sciences and in engineering? In philosophy, this question has seldom so far been posed, but now there has appeared an anthology in which the editors C. Calosi and P. Graziani rightly state: “It should be (...)
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  42. Kostas Kampourakis (forthcoming). Can There Be a Theory of Development? Metascience:1-5.
    When I was an undergraduate student in biology, about twenty years ago, developmental biology was relatively absent in my curriculum. There were some elements of developmental biology in the zoology and botany courses, but one had to take two elective courses, Embryology and Molecular Biology of Development, in order to learn more. Fortunately, curricula have changed nowadays and for good reasons. The study of developmental processes is crucial for our understanding of life, perhaps more than ever. For example, it is (...)
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  43. Koray Karaca (forthcoming). A Sociological Approach to the Search for Gravitational Waves. Metascience:1-4.
    Gravity’s Ghost is a book about the search for gravitational waves , which are predicted by the general theory of relativity to be ripples in space–time that propagate at the speed of light. The direct detection of GWs, if they exist at all, is exceptionally difficult, because they are theoretically expected to be very weakly coupled to matter. To this date, there is yet no conclusive evidence for the direct detection of GWs. The search for GWs was started by a (...)
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  44. Christopher Kelty (forthcoming). Spam, Opposite of Community. Metascience:1-4.
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  45. Alex Koo (forthcoming). The Application of Mathematics in Science. Metascience:1-6.
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  46. B. Larvor (forthcoming). After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method. Metascience.
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  47. Miles MacLeod (forthcoming). Modernizing Philosophy of Science for the Philosopher and Student Alike. Metascience:1-4.
    Philosophy of science is a rapidly evolving and increasingly inclusive academic field. It is one of the most dynamic branches of philosophy. However, for the most part, philosophy of science has been taught historically by recounting and tracing through discussions and debates from the early to late twentieth century. Great texts of positivism, instrumentalism, demarcation, falsification, paradigm shifts, realism, observation and so on are handed out to students and critically assessed. There is something rather puzzling about this way of teaching (...)
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  48. Costas Mannouris (forthcoming). Teaching Life's and Science's Perplexities. Metascience:1-4.
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  49. Alberto A. Martínez (forthcoming). The Questionable Inventions of the Clever Dr. Einstein. Metascience:1-7.
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  50. Keizo Matsubara (forthcoming). A Defence of String Theory. Metascience:1-6.
    String theory has been very influential within theoretical physics for the past few decades. It is the most popular attempt to solve the problem of formulating a viable theory of quantum gravity. Furthermore, it also unifies the other fundamental forces within one theoretical framework. In string theory, it is assumed that what before was thought to be point particles should really be seen as one-dimensional extended entities, i.e. strings. Different particles are supposed to correspond to various vibrational patterns of the (...)
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  51. Miranda Mollendorf (forthcoming). A Familiar Tale of Erasmus Darwin Told in a Fresh Way. Metascience:1-4.
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  52. Robert Nola (forthcoming). The Fuzziness of Pseudoscience. Metascience:1-6.
    This is a collection of 23 papers plus an Introduction in a book which revives an old issue that some have declared to be long dead, viz., whether there is any way of demarcating science from other endeavors, but most importantly pseudoscience. This is a timely book that is well worth consulting since it breathes life back into an important problem. There is something in it for all, as the six parts into which it is divided indicate: “What’s the problem (...)
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  53. Alfred Nordmann (forthcoming). Hanging Together, Falling Apart. Metascience.
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  54. Pietro Daniel Omodeo (forthcoming). Giordano Bruno's Renaissance Philosophy. Metascience:1-4.
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  55. Larry Owens (forthcoming). MIT at a Hundred and Fifty. Metascience.
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  56. Naomi Pasachoff (forthcoming). The History of Electromagnetic Theory Through the Lives of its Founders. Metascience:1-4.
    This engaging book presents the history of the development of the science of electromagnetism through the lives of two of its founders. The first seven chapters of this seventeen-chapter book belong to Michael Faraday, the story of whose rise to scientific prominence from an unprivileged background is eternally appealing. Chapters eight through fifteen belong to James Clerk Maxwell, a truly great scientist whose name should be better known than it is. The book’s penultimate chapter introduces the “Maxwellians”—the Britons Oliver Heaviside, (...)
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  57. Naomi Pasachoff (forthcoming). A Lively, If Sprawling, History of the Atomic Era. Metascience:1-5.
    Craig Nelson, the author of this unflaggingly engrossing book, comes from an impressive background in publishing, having been vice president and executive editor of Harper and Row, Hyperion, and Random House. In this respect, he reminds me of the better known Walter Isaacson, who was managing editor of Time magazine before turning his attention to writing biographies of Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Ben Franklin, and, most recently, a collective biography of the pioneers of the digital revolution. Although I reach this (...)
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  58. Elina Pechlivanidi (forthcoming). From the Basics to the Advanced: Your Guide Through Ontology. Metascience:1-4.
    It is essential for an introductory book, addressed to the reader who is new to the philosophical discourse, not only to give a representative picture of the main issues of the philosophical area which it studies, but also to be clear about its aims and its methodological approach. Furthermore, ideally it would not only refer to the literature for further independent investigation, but it would inspire the reader to pursue such an investigation too. Effingham’s Introduction to Ontology meets all the (...)
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  59. Vasilis Politis & Jun Su (forthcoming). Aristotle on Being as Activity. Metascience:1-6.
    In this engaging book, Kosman offers a vigorous extended defence of a distinctive and highly ambitious claim, namely, that Aristotle’s account of potentiality/ability and actuality/activity in book Theta of the Metaphysics is an integral and central part of Aristotle’s account of what being is, which means that, for Kosman, Aristotle defends the thesis that being is, precisely, activity. In addition to the distinctive character of this claim, there are two notable suppositions behind it, which, likewise, Kosman defends. First, the Metaphysics (...)
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  60. Thomas A. C. Reydon (forthcoming). Natural Kinds No Longer Are What They Never Were. Metascience:1-6.
    The more one reads about the topic of natural kinds, the more one is reminded of that famous scene in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in which Deep Thought—after a mere 7.5 million years of doing calculations—reveals that the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything was 42. Faced with bewildered reactions from the eager audience, Deep Thought explains: “I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what (...)
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  61. Ann E. Robinson (forthcoming). “A Nadir of Prestige”? Metascience.
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  62. Xavier de Donato Rodríguez (forthcoming). Advancing Our Understanding of Understanding. Metascience:1-6.
    In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in scientific understanding. There was already a consensus in the philosophy of science about the fact that science provides understanding of the world, but until the 70s there was not a proper and systematic investigation of the matter. This investigation has been notoriously incremental in the last two decades. Nevertheless, there is still no agreed upon way of how to understand “understanding” . Faye’s contribution to the debate proves to be (...)
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  63. David E. Rowe (forthcoming). Reflections on What Einstein Means to Us. Metascience:1-4.
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  64. Federica Russo (forthcoming). A Pluralist Account of Causality. Metascience:1-4.
    For my own work in philosophy of science, I find of utmost importance to exchange ideas with practicing scientists. The author of this book, Peter Rabins, is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. With much regret, I have not met Professor Rabins in person yet, but I’m hoping to do so soon, as his recent book The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life has been a most enjoyable read and source of inspiration. The book constitutes a noteworthy (...)
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  65. Vassilis Sakellariou (forthcoming). The Janus Faces of Quantum-Speak: An Interpretative Role of Linguistic Analysis. Metascience:1-5.
    How can we be certain of what a physics theory is talking about and, at the same time, not have a clue what the theory is about? Yet, this seemingly nonsensical question lurks in the background since the advent of quantum physics and is intimately entangled with the cluster of issues constituting the raw material for philosophers of science striving to negotiate the so-called classical to quantum divide.The discourse of theoretical physics unfolds on two levels: the experimental and the mathematical. (...)
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  66. Gregory Salmieri, David Bronstein, David Charles & James G. Lennox (forthcoming). Episteme, Demonstration, and Explanation: A Fresh Look at Aristotle's Posterior Analytics. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-35.
  67. Paolo Savoia (forthcoming). History and Falsity: Trust Issues in Early Modern Science. Metascience:1-4.
    As is made clear by the exergue by Carlo Ginzburg at the beginning of the introduction to the volume, the topic of fakes, forgeries, deceptions, and hoaxes in early modern science touches upon several crucial issues for historians of science, such as the possibilities of disentangling the true from the false in writing history, and to assess criteria of demarcations of truth and falsity in knowledge. Moreover, dealing with fakes also means going beyond rigid disciplinary boundaries. Indeed, the editors Marco (...)
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  68. David Schwartzman (forthcoming). From the Gaia Hypothesis to a Theory of the Evolving Self-Organizing Biosphere. Metascience:1-5.
    The Gaia hypothesis emerged from two interpenetrating traditions, the mechanist and the organicist, with the former tending to reductionism and the latter to holism. While mechanist James Lovelock is the acknowledged father, he collaborated with the organicist Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s when the first papers appeared in the scientific literature. Both continued to be active in Gaia-related conferences until Margulis’s premature death in late 2011. In a very readable exposition, Michael Ruse succeeds brilliantly in tracing the philosophical roots (...)
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  69. Cristian Soto (forthcoming). Metaphysics, Laws, and Natural Kinds: Minimalist Approaches. Metascience:1-11.
    Debates on the metaphysics of science have steadily gained momentum over the last decade or so. This appears to illustrate a case of philosophers’ realisation that metaphysics—and theoretical philosophy overall—largely depends upon the sciences and has a good deal to learn from them. Recent literature on this, in fact, has reached an unforeseen high level of refinement in the arguments and a very much desirable precision in the consequences that we can derive from examining the interplay currently undergoing between science (...)
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  70. John M. Steele (forthcoming). A Forgotten Discipline. Metascience:1-3.
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  71. Chrysovalantis Stergiou (forthcoming). Common Causes Love to Hide. Metascience:1-5.
    Anything other than paraphrasing the well-known Heraclitean aphorism would not be more appropriate to portray the crux of the contribution of the three philosophers of the Budapest School, Gábor Hofer-Szabó, Miklós Rédei and Lázló E. Szabó, in the ongoing discussion of the principle of the common cause . Indeed, ‘common causes love to hide’ and for that reason critics and aspirant falsifiers of PCC find correlations which, at a first level of analysis, might lack a common cause explanation. But as (...)
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  72. James Tabery, Alex Preda & Helen Longino (forthcoming). Pluralism, Social Action and the Causal Space of Human Behavior. Metascience:1-17.
    James Tabery Helen Longino’s Studying Human Behavior is an overdue effort at a nonpartisan evaluation of the many scientific disciplines that study the nature and nurture of human behavior, arguing for the acceptance of the strengths and weaknesses of all approaches (as opposed to the vitriolic defense of one and lambast of others). After years of conflict, Longino makes the pluralist case for peaceful coexistence. Her analysis of the approaches raises the following question: how are we to understand the pluralistic (...)
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  73. Alfred I. Tauber (forthcoming). Immunology Seen Through the Dark Glass of Autoimmunity. Metascience:1-7.
    Few topics in contemporary science hold the wide interest commanded by immunology, so this graceful and timely account of the development of this science is a welcomed addition to the literature. Succinct, well-written, and informed, Intolerant Bodies narrates the history of immunology through the lens of autoimmune disease. In what the authors call “a biography” , they have focused on four central illnesses: multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes mellitus. However, the story told here extends (...)
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  74. Nicholas J. Teh (forthcoming). Relational Realism: A New Foundation for Quantum Mechanics? Metascience:1-5.
    Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature by Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris sets out to achieve three goals: to develop a version of Whiteheadian metaphysics that the authors call “relational realism”; to formalize relational realism in terms of category theory, in particular sheaf theory; and to use relational realism to solve the interpretative problems of quantum mechanics. These goals are ambitious, to say the least, and all this is leaving aside those (...)
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  75. S. Torrance (forthcoming). A Change of Mind in Cognitive Science. Metascience.
  76. William Vance Trollinger Jr (forthcoming). Biology Textbooks and the Decentering of the Scopes Trial. Metascience:1-4.
    I taught for 8 years at a moderate evangelical liberal arts college. At one faculty meeting the topic turned to the challenge of dealing with controversial topics in the classroom, a pressing question given that many of our students came from extremely conservative backgrounds. One faculty member commented that he and his colleagues in the sciences avoided problems by never using the word “evolution” in the classroom. A number of us from the humanities immediately expressed shock and dismay. In response, (...)
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  77. Stephen Turner (forthcoming). The Present State of the Individual–Holism Debate. Metascience:1-3.
    The problem of holism in social science has, as Zahle and Collin, the editors of this volume note, a long history. It has revived, however, in a peculiar way, inspired by such things as the literature on corporate responsibility in ethics, the idea of supervenience, “Critical Realism” in sociology, ideas about emergence, the use of game-theoretic models to account for collective outcomes, and various notions of collective actors with collective intentions. These new inspirations interact with older problematics, such as the (...)
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  78. Thomas Uebel (forthcoming). The Berlin Group of Logical Empiricism. Metascience:1-5.
    This volume offers a very welcome in-depth look at a particular group of the philosophers associated with the Berlin Society for Empirical Philosophy . The editors stress that these two groupings differ and call only the former the “Berlin Group for scientific philosophy” : Hans Reichenbach, Walter Dubislav, Kurt Grelling, Paul Oppenheim and Carl Gustav Hempel. Parts I and II provide introductions and historical context for the group as a whole and Parts III–VI consider highly specific aspects of the work (...)
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  79. Mieke van Hemert (forthcoming). Losing the World Knowingly. Metascience:1-7.
    Modernity is Apocalyptic in essence. This assertion is stated nowhere in The Triumph of Human Empire by Rosalind Williams, nor in l’Apocalypse Joyeuse by Jean-Baptiste Fressoz. But it is everywhere on the pages of these books, which recount the ambivalence with which the project of Modernity and its technological feats has been received in specific times and places, notably nineteenth century Europe. Essence here is not to be understood as transcendental a-historical necessity, but as unfolding historical ontology. Despite contingencies, the (...)
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  80. Ioannis Votsis (forthcoming). Trivial Pursuit: The Case of the Travelling Facts. [REVIEW] Metascience:1-4.
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  81. Richard Weikart (forthcoming). Controversies Over the Influences on and Effects of Darwinian Theory. Metascience:1-4.
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  82. Peter J. Westwick (forthcoming). Software Bugs and Star Wars. Metascience:1-3.
    For over 50 years, since the development of nuclear-armed ICBMs, the USA has sought a way to defend against them. These efforts evolved through various strategies and technologies: from nuclear-tipped rockets through space-based laser weapons to today’s system of ground-based kinetic-kill interceptors. Public debate around these issues reached a peak in the 1980s with President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as Star Wars.Rebecca Slayton examines this history in Arguments that Count, a valuable and well-told account of a particular aspect (...)
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  83. Joeri Witteveen (forthcoming). Natural Classification. Metascience:1-4.
    Writing a book about ‘natural classification’ is not a natural thing to do these days. As the authors of The Nature of Classification point out, classification as a stand-alone topic—separated from discussions of hypothesis testing, experimentation and concept formation—was all the rage in mid-nineteenth century philosophy of science, but interest has steadily dwindled ever since. In most twentieth century philosophy of science, classification was treated either as a pre-scientific endeavor, or as a product of theory-driven science. The general attitude is (...)
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  84. Audra J. Wolfe (forthcoming). Radiation Before the Bomb. Metascience:1-2.
    Matthew Lavine’s The First Atomic Age is intended as a corrective to what has by now become a familiar story of postwar US nuclear culture. The popular enthusiasm for and fear of all things nuclear, as described in such works as Paul Boyer’s By the Bomb’s Early Light , was not in fact a new development but rather a repeat of a phenomenon that first manifested half a century earlier. Working with newspapers, magazines, trade journals, advertisements, product labels, pulp fiction, (...)
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  85. K. Brad Wray & Luciano Boschiero (forthcoming). Metascience and Neurath’s Boat. Metascience:1-2.
    Otto Neurath compared science to a ship at sea on which the sailors have to repair their vessel as they keep it afloat. Metascience is a ship of a similar sort. Do not worry. There are no repairs to report. But changes are being made at Metascience on an ongoing basis, even as we work to meet our production deadlines. With this, our second issue, we would like to announce some further changes with the journal.Ties Nijseen and Christi Lue who (...)
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  86. Zhenhua Yu (forthcoming). Tacit Knowledge: In What Sense? Metascience:1-7.
    Since Michael Polanyi coined the term “tacit knowledge” in 1958, a huge amount of literature has been produced on this topic. Gascoigne and Thornton’s monograph represents one of the most recent attempts to clarify the concept of tacit knowledge.For other recent publications on tacit knowledge see Collins , Yu and Turner . In their engagement with various thinkers, most notably Polanyi, Ryle, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, John Searle, Hubert Dreyfus, and John McDowell, etc., the authors make impressive efforts to situate the discussion (...)
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