Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image

2016.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Rouse, Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image, University of Chicago Press, 2015,
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2016.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Rouse, Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image, University of Chicago Press, 2015, 423pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780226293844. Reviewed by Robert Nola, University of Auckland Joseph Rouse has written a wide-ranging, systematic attempt to give an account of naturalism and to solve some of the problems confronting it. He gives many of the basic concepts that are often employed in articulating naturalism a novel twist, one that breaks ground for research at new levels. Rouse's book will have a central place in debates about naturalism that will surely follow from the many important theses he advances. In this review I will focus on three of his themes: what naturalism might be and some problems it faces, the role given to niche construction theory in articulating and sustaining the naturalist stance, and the idea of a "scientific image". Naturalism and its problems. . .

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