<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science (Dupre (John)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_299.htm">The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/D/Author_Dupre (John).htm">Dupre (John)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_299.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_299.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Back Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The great dream of philosophers and scientists for millennia has been to give us a complete account of the order of things. A powerful articulation of such a dream in this century has been found in the idea of a unity of science. </li><li>With this manifesto, John Dupre systematically attacks the ideal of scientific unity by showing how its underlying assumptions are at odds with the central conclusions of science itself. In its stead, the author gives us a metaphysics much more in keeping with what science tells us about the world. </li><li>Elegantly written and compellingly argued, this provocative book will be important reading for all philosophers and scholars of science.</li><li>Reviews</U><ul type="disc"><li>Dupre's book is original, lucid and confident, without being eccentric, polemical or arrogant. It deserves close attention ... Dupre insists that there is no general scientific method, process, or attitude ... He pins down the notion of the unity of science as a form of scientism appropriate only to a Utopia or to totalitarianism. He notes that 'paradoxically, with the disunity of science comes a kind of unity of knowledge.' That is why, to my mind, this is just the kind of philosophical teaching that is needed to close the gap between the two cultures. <BR>&rarr; John Ziman, <em>Nature</em> </li><li>The thesis of 'disorder' has revolutionary implications for the practice of science ... [This book] should be read by every student of the subject as an antidote to current philosophical correctness, and it should indeed suggest to professionals that many of the fashionable empires of analytic philosophy as well as philosophy of science are not well-clothed.<BR>&rarr; Mary Hesse, <em>International Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science</em> </li></ul></li><li><b>John Dupre</b>: is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and the editor of <em>The Latest on the Best: Essays on Evolution and Optimality</em>. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="I"><li><a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">Natural Kinds</A><SUP>1</SUP> and Essentialism  15<ol type="1"><li><a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">Natural Kinds</A><SUP>2</SUP>  1</li><li>Species  37</li><li>Essences  60</li></ol></li><li>Reductionism  85<ol start = "4" type="1"><li>Reductionism and Materialism  87</li><li>Reductionism in Biology 1: Ecology  107</li><li>Reductionism in Biology 2: Genetics  121</li><li>Reductionism and the Mental  146</li></ol></li><li>The Limits of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_39.htm">Causality</A><SUP>3</SUP>  169<ol start = "8" type="1"><li>Determinism  171</li><li>Probabilistic <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_39.htm">Causality</A><SUP>4</SUP>  I94</li></ol></li><li>Some Consequences of Disorder  219<ol start = "10" type="1"><li>The Disunity of Science  221</li><li>Science and Values  244 </li></ol><BR>Notes  267<BR>Bibliography  291<BR>Sources  303<BR>Index  305 </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Harvard University Press; New edition edition (5 April 1995)</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T02:26" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:26:37</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>