The Philosophy of Ecology: From Science to Synthesis

The Philosophy of Ecology: From Science to Synthesis

  • ISBN-13: 9780820322209
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This is the first introductory anthology on the philosophy of ecology edited by an ecologist and a philosopher. It illustrates the range of philosophical approaches available to ecologists and provides a basis for understanding the thinking on which many of today's environmental ideas are founded. Collectively, these seminal readings make a powerful statement on the value of ecological knowledge and thinking in alleviating the many problems of modern industrial civilization.Issues covered include:the challenges of defining scientific ecology, tracing its genealogy, and distinguishing the science from various forms of "ecological-like" thinkingthe ontology of ecological entities and processesselected concepts of community, stability, diversity, and nichethe methodology of ecology (rationalism and empiricism, reductionism and holism)the significance of evolutionary law for ecological science

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