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Hacking, Ian

Works: 111 works in 652 publications in 12 languages and 15,056 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Opponent, Other
Classifications: Q175, 501
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Most widely held works by Ian Hacking
The emergence of probability : a philosophical study of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )

65 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century, although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking here presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The contemporary debates center around figures such as Pascal, Leibniz and Jacques Bernoulli."--Jacket
The structure of scientific revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn( Book )

43 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition of Kuhn's work in the history of science includes an introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn's ideas to the science of today. Keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking's introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index
The social construction of what? by Ian Hacking( Book )

48 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality."--Jacket
Rewriting the soul : multiple personality and the sciences of memory by Ian Hacking( Book )

36 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is it like to suffer from multiple personality? Most diagnosed patients are women: why does gender matter? How does defining an illness affect the behavior of those who suffer from it? And, more generally, how do systems of knowledge about kinds of people interact with the people who are known about? Answering these and similar questions, Hacking explores the development of the modern multiple personality movement. He then turns to a fascinating series of historical vignettes about an earlier wave of multiples, people who were diagnosed as new ways of thinking about memory emerged, particularly in France, toward the end of the nineteenth century. Fervently occupied with the study of hypnotism, hysteria, sleepwalking, and fugue, scientists of this period aimed to take the soul away from the religious sphere. What better way to do this than to make memory a surrogate for the soul and then subject it to empirical investigation?
Why does language matter to philosophy? by Ian Hacking( Book )

57 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many people find themselves dissatisfied with recent linguistic philosophy, and yet know that language has always mattered deeply to philosophy and must in some sense continue to do so. Ian Hacking considers here some dozen case studies in the history of philosophy to show the different ways in which language has been important, and the consequences for the development of the subject. There are chapters on, among others, Hobbes, Berkeley, Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Feyerabend and Davidson. Dr Hacking ends by speculating about the directions in which philosophy and the study of language seem likely to go. The book will provide students with a stimulating, broad survey of problems in the theory of meaning and the development of philosophy, particularly in this century. The topics treated in the philosophy of language are among the central, current concerns of philosophers, and the historical framework makes it possible to introduce concretely and intelligibly all the main theoretical issues
The taming of chance by Ian Hacking( Book )

55 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book combines detailed scientific historical research with characteristic philosophic breadth and verve
Representing and intervening : introductory topics in the philosophy of natural science by Ian Hacking( Book )

60 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the philosophy of natural science, organized around the central theme of scientific realism
Logic of statistical inference by Ian Hacking( Book )

43 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a philosophical study of the basic principles of statistical reasoning. Professor Hacking has sought to discover the simple principles which underlie modern work in mathematical statistics and to test them, both at a philosophical level and in terms of their practical consequences fort statisticians. The ideas of modern logic are used to analyse these principles, and results are presented without the use of unfamiliar symbolism. It begins with a philosophical analysis of a few central concepts and then, using an elementary system of logic, develops most of the standard statistical theory. the analysis provides answers to many disputed questions about how to test statistical hypotheses and about how to estimate quantities in the light of statistical data. One product of the analysis is a sound and consistent rationale for R.A. Fisher's controversial concept of 'fiducial probability'"
Historical ontology by Ian Hacking( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to probability and inductive logic by Ian Hacking( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an introductory textbook on probability and induction written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of science. The book has been designed to offer maximal accessibility to the widest range of students (not only those majoring in philosophy) and assumes no formal training in elementary symbolic logic. It offers a comprehensive course covering all basic definitions of induction and probability, and considers such topics as decision theory, Bayesianism, frequency ideas, and the philosophical problem of induction. The key features of this book are a lively and vigorous prose style; lucid and systematic organization and presentation of ideas; many practical applications; a rich supply of exercises drawing on examples from such fields as psychology, ecology, economics, bioethics, engineering, and political science; numerous brief historical accounts of how fundamental ideas of probability and induction developed; and a full bibliography of further reading. -- Back cover
Mad travelers : reflections on the reality of transient mental illnesses by Ian Hacking( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Medical reports of Dadas set off at the time a small epidemic of compulsive mad voyagers, the epicenter of which was Bordeaux but which soon spread throughout France to Italy, Germany, and Russia. Today we are besieged by mental illnesses of the moment, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The debate rages about which of these conditions are affectations or cultural artifacts and which are "real." In Mad Travelers, Ian Hacking uses the Dadas case to weigh the legitimacy of cultural influences versus physical symptoms in the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. He argues that psychological symptoms find stable homes at a given place and time, in "ecological niches" where transient illnesses flourish. Using the records of Philippe Tissie, Dadas's physician, Hacking attempts to make sense of this strange epidemic. While telling his fascinating tale, he raises probing questions about the nature of the mental disorders, the cultural repercussions of their diagnosis, and the relevance of this century-old case study for today's overanalyzed society
Exercises in analysis : essays by students of Casimir Lewy by Ian Hacking( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all? by Ian Hacking( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hacking explores how mathematics became possible for the human race, and how it ensured our status as the dominant species
A concise introduction to logic by Ian Hacking( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'âme réécrite : étude sur la personnalité multiple et les sciences de la mémoire by Ian Hacking( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in French and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'auteur, philosophe canadien, fait ici une étude fascinante sur un cas célèbre relatif à la mémoire: la personnalité multiple. La dissociation en fragments de la personnalité aurait pour origine les abus subis lors de l'enfance et longtemps oubliés. D'où le concept de mémoire pour expliquer ce trouble mental assez controversé
Leibniz and Descartes, proof and eternal truths by Ian Hacking( Book )

5 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PSA 1978 : proceedings of the 1978 biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association by Philosophy of Science Association( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le plus pur nominalisme : L'énigme de Goodman :"vleu" et usages de "vleu" by Ian Hacking( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les fous voyageurs by Ian Hacking( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Hacking, Ian MacDougall.

Ian Hacking Canadees filosoof

Ian Hacking Canadian philosopher

Ian Hacking kanadischer Wissenschaftstheoretiker

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Хакинг, Ян 1936-

Ян Хакинг

إيان هاكينج، 1936-

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해킹, 아이언

해킹, 이안

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The structure of scientific revolutionsThe social construction of what?Rewriting the soul : multiple personality and the sciences of memoryWhy does language matter to philosophy?The taming of chanceRepresenting and intervening : introductory topics in the philosophy of natural scienceLogic of statistical inferenceHistorical ontology