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Introduction

John Dupré

in Human Nature and the Limits of Science

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248063
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248060.003.0001
 Introduction

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Introduces the background to the scientism criticized in the main body of the work, and discusses its relation to various forms of reductionism and physicalism. (This summarizes, in part, detailed work in the author's earlier book, The Disorder of Things.) There is also a discussion of the essential role of models in scientific theory.

Keywords: physicalism; reductionism; scientific models; scientism

Chapter.  7338 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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