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Toulmin, Stephen 1922-2009

Works: 226 works in 1,429 publications in 10 languages and 29,324 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Contributor, Other, Interviewee, Adapter, Arranger
Classifications: BC177, 160
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The uses of argument by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

112 editions published between 1952 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditionally, logic has been claimed to be 'the science of rational argument', but the relevance to our everyday disputes of the formal logician's results has remained unclear. The abstract character of traditional logic cuts the subject off from practical considerations; Mr Toulmin enquires why this is so, and shows how an alternative conception can be of more general value. Starting from an examination of the actual procedures in different fields of argument - the practice, as opposed to the theory, of logic - he discloses a richer variety than is allowed for by any available system. He argues that jurisprudence rather than mathematics should be the logician's model in analysing rational procedures, and that logic should be a comparative and not a purely formal study. These suggestions lead to conclusions which many will consider controversial; though they will also be widely recognized as interesting and illuminating. This book extends into general philosophy lines of enquiry already sketched by Mr Toulmin in his earlier books on ethics and the philosophy of science. The ordinary reader will find in it the same clarity and intelligibility; and the professional philosopher will acknowledge the same power to break new ground (and circumvent old difficulties) by posing fresh and stimulating questions
An examination of the place of reason in ethics by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

101 editions published between 1950 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 1,900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of time by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

97 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wittgenstein's Vienna by Allan Janik( Book )

85 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (Vienna, with its fin-de siècle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is Wittgenstein, the brilliant and gifted young thinker. With others, including Freud, Viktor Adler, and Arnold Schoenberg, he forged his ideas in a classical revolt against the stuffy, doomed, and moralistic lives of the old regime. As a portrait of Wittgenstein, the book is superbly realized; it is even better as a portrait of the age, with dazzling and unusual parallels to our own confused society. "Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin have acted on a striking premise: an understanding of prewar Vienna, Wittgenstein's native city, will make it easier to comprehend both his work and our own problems….This is an independent work containing much that is challenging, new, and useful."―New York Times Book Review (printed on back cover of book)
The philosophy of science : an introduction by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

97 editions published between 1952 and 1978 in English and Spanish and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The architecture of matter by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

71 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human understanding by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

59 editions published between 1972 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fabric of the heavens; the development of astronomy and dynamics by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

57 editions published between 1961 and 1999 in 6 languages and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of our relationship with the stars and their celestial cousins is long, involving, and full of surprises. The Fabric of the Heavens, by science historians Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield, outlines thinking about astronomy and dynamics from "pre-theoretical" Babylonian times to the Newtonian revolution that seeded our modern conceptions of space. Fully integrating the two cultures of science and the humanities, the authors find evidence of new thinking in Milton's writing and medieval tapestries as well as classic scientific and pre-scientific works. Using language that is beautiful, compelling and precise, they trace the threads of history which are woven into today's science (which, they predict, will find itself woven into something even more startlingly unrecognisable in years hence). Why were the ancients so fascinated by the sky and stars? Interestingly, it seems that their concerns were mostly practical; theological significance took longer to attach itself to the patterns up above. Agricultural and navigational concerns, once resolved, gave way to deeper philosophical, mythological and religious curiosity--which used the mathematical tools of its predecessors to great effect. The lives and works of Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo and Newton are all thoroughly explored, and it is easier to see the continuity between them and their contemporaries in the breadth of this writing. First published in 1962, The Fabric of the Heavens was one of the first postmodern studies of the development of physical science; even were it not such a pleasure to read, it would still merit careful study
Cosmopolis : the hidden agenda of modernity by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reinterpretation of the intellectual framework which has girded the western imagination and sets its goals over the last three centuries
Foresight and understanding : an enquiry into the aims of science by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

56 editions published between 1961 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The return to cosmology : postmodern science and the theology of nature by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can we rely on the discoveries that scientists make about one or another part, or aspect, of the world as a basis for drawing conclusions about the Universe as a Whole?" Thirty years ago, the separateness of different intellectual disciplines was an unquestioned axiom of intellectual procedure. By the mid-nineteen-seventies, however, even within the natural sciences proper, a shift from narrowly disciplinary preoccupations to more interdisciplinary issues had made it possible to reopen questions about the cosmological significance of the scientific world picture and scarcely possible any longer to rule out all religious cosmology as "unscientific." This book, the product of both a professional and a personal quest, follows the debate aobut cosmology - the theory of the Universe - as it has changed from 1945 to the present. The opening essay, "Scientific mythology" (1957), reflects the influence of Stephen Toulmin's postwar study with Ludwig Wittgenstein in its skepticism about the naive extrapolation of scientific concepts into nonscientific contexts. Skepticism gradually gives way to qualified optimism that there may be "still a real chance of working outward from the natural sciences into the larger cosmological realm" in a series of essays (1964-1980) on the cosmological specualtions of individual scientists, including Arthur Koestler, Jacques Monod, Carl Sagan, and others. In the programmatic concluding essay, Toulmin argues that the classic Newtonian distinction between the observer and the observed was inimical not only to the received religious cosmology but also to any attempt to understand humanity and nature as parts of a single cosmos. In the twentieth century, however, what he calls "the death of the spector" has forced the postmodern scientist - theoretically, in quantum physics, and practically, in the recognized impact of science-derived technologies on the environment - to include himself in his science. -- from dust cover
Metaphysical beliefs; three essays by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

27 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to reasoning by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

27 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First level of analysis : the soundness of arguments - Second level of analysis : the strength of arguments - Fallacies : how arguments go wrong - Critical practice - Special fields of reasoning
The abuse of casuistry : a history of moral reasoning by Albert R Jonsen( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engaging study, the authors put casuistry into its historical context, tracing the origin of moral reasoning in antiquity, its peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and its subsequent fall into disrepute from the mid-seventeenth century
Return to reason by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Toulmin argues that the potential for reason to improve our lives has been hampered by a serious imbalance in our pursuit of knowledge. The centuries-old dominance of rationality, a mathematical mode of reasoning modeled on theory and universal certainties, has diminished the value of reasonableness, a system of humane judgments based on personal experience and practice. To this day, academic disciplines such as economics and professions such as law and medicine often value expert knowledge and abstract models above the testimony of diverse cultures and the practical experience of individuals. Now, at the beginning of a new century, Toulmin sums up a lifetime of distinguished work and issues a powerful call to redress the balance between rationality and reasonableness. His vision does not reject the valuable fruits of science and technology, but requires awareness of the human consequences of our discoveries. Toulmin argues for the need to confront the challenge of an uncertain and unpredictable world, not with inflexible ideologies and abstract theories, but by returning to a more humane and compassionate form of reason, one that accepts the diversity and complexity that is human nature as an essential beginning for all intellectual inquiry
What I do not believe, and other essays by Norwood Russell Hanson( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Dutch and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowing and acting : an invitation to philosophy by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

9 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night sky at Rhodes by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

9 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond theory : changing organizations through participation by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

16 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Action Research is one of the most practical and down-to-earth ways of doing research into working life. Beyond Theory draws on examples and actual cases to discuss action research within the framework of the modern, and postmodern, theory of science debate. While action research has been much criticized by the traditionalists, the book reflects a convergence between action research and positions emerging out of the critique of scientific traditionalism. Discussions between these two fields of knowledge, originally so very different, can enrich both. The book will be useful not only to researc
Stephen Toulmin's functional analysis of logic and ethics and its relation to rhetoric by Holt Vandercook Spicer( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Edelson, Toulmin Stephen

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トゥールミン, S.

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English (837)

German (40)

Spanish (27)

Italian (25)

French (14)

Swedish (13)

Danish (3)

Dutch (3)

Japanese (2)

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The discovery of timeWittgenstein's ViennaThe architecture of matterThe fabric of the heavens; the development of astronomy and dynamicsCosmopolis : the hidden agenda of modernityThe return to cosmology : postmodern science and the theology of natureAn introduction to reasoningThe abuse of casuistry : a history of moral reasoning