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Scientific Knowledge and the Deep Past
History Matters

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Part of Elements in the Philosophy of Science

  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108730556

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  • Historical sciences like paleontology and archaeology have uncovered unimagined, remarkable and mysterious worlds in the deep past. How should we understand the success of these sciences? What is the relationship between knowledge and history? In Scientific Knowledge and the Deep Past: History Matters, Adrian Currie examines recent paleontological work on the great changes that occurred during the Cretaceous period - the emergence of flowering plants, the splitting of the mega-continent Gondwana, and the eventual fall of the dinosaurs - to analyse the knowledge of historical scientists, and to reflect upon the nature of history. He argues that distinctively historical processes are 'peculiar': they have the capacity to generate their own highly specific dynamics and rules. This peculiarity, Currie argues, also explains the historian's interest in narratives and stories: the contingency, complexity and peculiarity of the past demands a narrative treatment. Overall, Currie argues that history matters for knowledge.

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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108730556
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 4 mm
    • weight: 0.123kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. History and evidence
    2. The nature of the deep past
    3. Historical explanation
    Concluding discussion – what are sciences of the deep past about?

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    Adrian Currie, University of Exeter

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