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Copernicus, Darwin and Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

Copernicus, Darwin and Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

Friedel Weinert

ISBN: 978-1-444-30494-7

Mar 2009

296 pages

$37.99

Description

Using Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism as examples of scientific traditions, Copernicus, Darwin and Freud takes a philosophical look at these three revolutions in thought to illustrate the connections between science and philosophy.
  • Shows how these revolutions in thought lead to philosophical consequences
  • Provides extended case studies of Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism
  • Integrates the history of science and the philosophy of science like no other text
  • Covers both the philosophy of natural and social science in one volume
Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

I. Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality.

1. Ptolemy and Copernicus.

2. A Clash of Two Worldviews.

3. The Heliocentric Worldview.

4. Copernicus was not a Scientific Revolutionary.

5. The Transition to Newton.

6. Some Philosophical Lessons.

7. Copernicus and Scientific Revolutions.

8. The Anthropic Principle: A Reversal of the Copernican Turn?.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

II. Charles Darwin: The Loss of Rational Design.

1. Darwin and Copernicus.

2. Views of Organic Life.

3. Fossil Discoveries.

4. Darwin’s Revolution.

5. Philosophical Matters.

6. A Question of Method.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

III. Sigmund Freud: The Loss of Transparency.

1. Copernicus, Darwin and Freud.

2. Some Views of Humankind.

3. Scientism and the Freudian Model of Personality.

4. The Social Sciences beyond Freud.

5. Evolution and the Social Sciences.

6. Freud and Revolutions in Thought.

Reading List.

Essay Questions.

Name Index.

Subject Index

""Whether used as a textbook or as a review of issues concerning scientific revolutions and theory change in their historical context, Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud may be strongly recommended."" (The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 2011)

""Those seeking a more conventional approach to the history and philosophy of science may well find Weinert's book informative...there is much to be learned from Weinert's comparison of Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud."" (Science & Education, January 2011)“Weinert has provided an informative textbook that is written in a very accessible style. His examples invite the student to apply the philosophical concepts that are discussed.” (Metapsychology, May 2009)


  • Shows how these revolutions in thought lead to philosophical consequences
  • Provides extended case studies of Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism
  • Integrates the history of science and the philosophy of science like no other text
  • Covers both the philosophy of natural and social science in one volume