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Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimist's Guide to the Historical Sciences

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2018.10.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Adrian Currie, Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimist's Guide to the Historical Sciences, MIT Press, 2018, 372pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262037266. Reviewed by Derek Skillings, University of Pennsylvania In the postscript of his book, Adrian Currie suggests that the history of 20th century philosophy of science "would be a very different beast" (310) if the sciences that were taken as models in the very beginning were archaeology, paleontology, or geology as opposed to physics and chemistry. "How might things have been different if our standard examples of evidence were rock, bone, and ruin, not readouts from mass spectrometers or paths through cloud chambers?" (310). Currie doesn't know if there is an answer to this question, but this wide-ranging and ambitious book gives us a sketch of what that alternative beast might look like. The book takes the historical sciences as both a target... Read More

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