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Toulmin, Stephen 1922-2009

Works: 377 works in 1,747 publications in 11 languages and 32,004 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Commentator, Other, Interviewee, Narrator, Creator, Redactor, Adapter, Arranger, win
Classifications: BC177, 160
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The uses of argument by Stephen Toulmin( )

133 editions published between 1952 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,893 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
Return to reason by Stephen Toulmin( )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,324 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
Seventeenth century science and the arts by Hedley Howell Rhys( )

25 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in English and held by 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was there a continuity between the "vigorous art and the seminal science" of the seventeenth century? How did they affect one another? Which, if either, was dominant? Four distinguished scholars explore the relation between seventeenth century science and the creative arts in a series of four essays: Introduction, by Stephen E. Toulmin of Columbia; Science and Literature, by Douglas Bush of Harvard; Science and Visual Art, by James S. Ackerman of Harvard; and Scientific Empiricism in Musical Thought, by Claude V. Palisca of Yale.Originally published in 1961.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
An examination of the place of reason in ethics by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

98 editions published between 1950 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 1,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of time by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

80 editions published between 1945 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,724 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
Wittgenstein's Vienna by Allan Janik( Book )

81 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Our subject is a fourfold one - a book and its meaning; a man and his ideas; a culture and its preoccupations; a society and its problems. The society is Habsburg Vienna during the last twenty-five or thirty years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The culture is, or appears to be, our own twentieth-century culture in its infancy."--The back cover
The philosophy of science : an introduction by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

71 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in English and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The architecture of matter by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

64 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmopolis : the hidden agenda of modernity by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 1,221 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 )

46 editions published between 1961 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originated in the thirty-fourth series of Mahlon Powell lectures, delivered at Indiana University in March 1960."
The return to cosmology : postmodern science and the theology of nature by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 1,048 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
Human understanding by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metaphysical beliefs : three essays by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

31 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writers of these essays have in common two things: a belief that traditional metaphysics is dead, but that buried with it may lie important issues which might well be reuscitated; and an indetedness to the revolution in contemporary philosophy that is assoicated with the nae of Wittgenstein. Each essay presents basic ideas in the developing thought of its author
An introduction to reasoning by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 888 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 fabric of the heavens; the development of astronomy and dynamics by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

26 editions published between 1961 and 1999 in English and held by 879 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
The abuse of casuistry : a history of moral reasoning by Albert R Jonsen( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 840 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 )

20 editions published between 1971 and 2020 in English and Dutch and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty years have passed since Norwood Russell Hanson's unexpected death, yet he remains an important voice in philosophy of science. This book is a revised and expanded edition of a collection of Hanson's essays originally published in 1971, edited by Stephen Toulmin and Harry Woolf. The new volume features a comprehensive introduction by Matthew Lund (Rowan University) and two new essays. The first is "Observation and Explanation: A Guide to Philosophy of Science", originally published as a posthumous book by Harper and Row. This essay, written near the end of Hansons life, represents his mature philosophy of science. The second new addition, Hanson's essay "The Trial of Galileo", is something of a "lost" work - it was only published in a small run collection on famous trials and was left out of the published lists of Hansons works. Ever the outspoken firebrand, Hanson found many lessons and warnings from Galileo's trial that were relevant to Cold War America. This volume not only contains Hanson's best-known work in history and philosophy of science, but also highlights the breadth of his philosophical thought. Hanson balanced extreme versatility with a unified approach to conceptual and philosophical problems. Hanson's central insight is that philosophy and science both strive to render the world intelligible -- the various concepts central to our attempts to make sense of the world are interdependent, and cannot operate, or even be fully understood, independently. The essays included in this collection present Hanson's thinking on religious belief, theory, observation, meaning, cosmology, modality, logic, and philosophy of mind. This collection also includes Hanson's lectures on the theory of flight, Hanson's greatest passion
Knowing and acting : an invitation to philosophy by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

10 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fabric of the heavens by Stephen Toulmin( Book )

32 editions published between 1961 and 1999 in 6 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of astronomy and dynamics. Drawings, plates, and reading references after each chapter
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Beyond theory : changing organizations through participation
Return to reasonThe discovery of timeBeyond theory : changing organizations through participationWittgenstein's ViennaThe architecture of matterCosmopolis : the hidden agenda of modernityThe return to cosmology : postmodern science and the theology of natureAn introduction to reasoning
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Edelson, Toulmin Stephen

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