Science, pseudo-science, and society

Full Title Science, pseudo-science, and society
ISBN 0889201005
ISBN13 9780889201002
Publisher Waterloo, Ont. : Published for the Calgary Institute for the Humanities by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1980.
Authors Marsha P. Hanen
Margaret J. Osler
and Robert G. Weyant
Overview

This volume collects the papers presented at a conference on Science, Pseudo-science and Society, sponsored by the Calgary Institute for the Humanities and held at the University of Calgary, May 10-12, 1979. More than many such collections, this one preserves some trace of the intellectual excitement which surrounded this gathering of scholars.

A primary inspiration for the symposium on Science, Pseudoscience, and Society was a growing awareness of the crucial role the study of pseudo-science plays in the areas of contemporary scholarship which are concerned with the nature of science and its relationship to broader social issues.

This volume is organized around three major questions concerning the relationships among science, pseudo-science, and society. The papers in the first section address the question of whether it is possible to draw a sharp demarcation between science and pseudo-science and what the criteria of that demarcation might be. The papers in the second section, recognizing the historical importance of various of the pseudo-sciences, consider their impact-positive or negative-on the development of the sciences themselves. The papers in the third section deal with the question of the relationship between the sciences and pseudo-sciences, on the one hand, and social factors on the other.

Dimensions 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)
Subjects History of Science
Philosophy of Science - General & Miscellaneous
Philosophy of Science - Social Aspects
Science
Philosophy of
Science - General & Miscellaneous

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