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Toulmin, Stephen 1922-2009

Works: 250 works in 1,178 publications in 9 languages and 27,350 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Guidebooks 
Roles: Editor, Compiler, Author of introduction, Commentator, Interviewee, Other, Arranger, Adapter
Classifications: BC177, 160
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The uses of argument by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
94 editions published between 1952 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,159 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 )
73 editions published between 1950 and 1990 in English and held by 1,839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The discovery of time by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
75 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 1,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The philosophy of science; an introduction by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
72 editions published between 1953 and 1978 in English and held by 1,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wittgenstein's Vienna by Allan Janik ( Book )
52 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Return to reason by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
21 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,566 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
The architecture of matter by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
53 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fabric of the heavens; the development of astronomy and dynamics by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
39 editions published between 1961 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,318 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
Foresight and understanding : an enquiry into the aims of science by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
46 editions published between 1961 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Human understanding by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
23 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cosmopolis : the hidden agenda of modernity by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
26 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 1,161 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
The return to cosmology : postmodern science and the theology of nature by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
13 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond theory changing organizations through participation ( )
12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 945 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 researchers and academics but to anyone who is interested in the role and use of knowledge in social and organizational development
Metaphysical beliefs; three essays by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
19 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to reasoning by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
23 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seventeenth century science and the arts by Hedley Howell Rhys ( Book )
11 editions published between 1961 and 1984 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The abuse of casuistry : a history of moral reasoning by Albert R Jonsen ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 773 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
What I do not believe, and other essays by Norwood Russell Hanson ( Book )
16 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in 3 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Knowing and acting : an invitation to philosophy by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
7 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Night sky at Rhodes by Stephen Toulmin ( Book )
7 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Edelson, Toulmin Stephen
Toulmin, S. E.
Toulmin, S. E. 1922-2009
Toulmin, S. E. (Stephen Edelston)
Toulmin, S. E. (Stephen Edelston), 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephan, 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephen.
Toulmin, Stephen 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephen E.
Toulmin, Stephen E. 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephen E. (Stephen Edelston)
Toulmin, Stephen E. (Stephen Edelston), 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephen Edelston
Toulmin, Stephen Edelston, 1922-2009
Toulmin, Stephen (Stephen Edelston), 1922-
Toulmin, Steven, 1922-2009
Toūrumin, S. 1922-2009
Tulmin, St., 1922-2009
Тулмин, Ст. (Стивен)
ستيفن تولمن، 1922-2009
トゥールミン, S
トゥールミン, スティーヴン
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