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Kitcher, Philip 1947-

Works: 101 works in 501 publications in 4 languages and 19,771 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Abstracts 
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Most widely held works by Philip Kitcher
Abusing science : the case against creationism by Philip Kitcher( Book )

30 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented in this book is the case against creationist pseudo-science. One theme emphasized throughout the book, written for those with or without science backgrounds, is that although the creationist campaign is an assault on evolutionary theory, it constitutes an attack on all sciences. Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to evolutionary theory. Chapters 2-4 constitute a defense of evolutionary theory against creationist objections. Global objections are addressed and discussed in chapter 2. Chapter 3 considers more specific creationist complaints about the methods of evolutionary biology. These are based on misunderstandings of scientific methodology or evolutionary theory, or both. Chapter 4 considers the "scientific facts" that are supposed to refute evolution. Chapter 5 offers a critical evaluation of creation "science," examining creationist doctrine and whether the doctrine can be used to solve scientific problems. In this context, the significance of recent debates within evolutionary theory and creationist proposals for revising the geologic time table are discussed. Chapter 6 focuses on educational questions, including what genuine intellectual tolerance is required of individuals and tactics creationists use in exploiting tolerance. Chapter 7 examines the charge that evolutionary theory is intolerable because it is inimical to religion and morality. (Jn)
The ethical project by Philip Kitcher( )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principles of right and wrong guide the lives of almost all human beings, but we often see them as external to ourselves, outside our own control. In a revolutionary approach to the problems of moral philosophy, Philip Kitcher makes a provocative proposal: Instead of conceiving ethical commands as divine revelations or as the discoveries of brilliant thinkers, we should see our ethical practices as evolving over tens of thousands of years, as members of our species have worked out how to live together and prosper. Elaborating this radical new vision, Kitcher shows how the limited altruistic tendencies of our ancestors enabled a fragile social life, how our forebears learned to regulate their interactions with one another, and how human societies eventually grew into forms of previously unimaginable complexity. The most successful of the many millennia-old experiments in how to live, he contends, survive in our values today. Drawing on natural science, social science, and philosophy to develop an approach he calls "pragmatic naturalism," Kitcher reveals the power of an evolving ethics built around a few core principles--including justice and cooperation--but leaving room for a diversity of communities and modes of self-expression. Ethics emerges as a beautifully human phenomenon--permanently unfinished, collectively refined and distorted generation by generation. Our human values, Kitcher shows, can be understood not as a final system but as a project--the ethical project--in which our species has engaged for most of its history, and which has been central to who we are. ---- Book Description
The lives to come : the genetic revolution and human possibilities by Philip Kitcher( Book )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lives to Come is at once a concise and accessible guide to the research that scientists are conducting in the field of genetics, a realistic survey of the likely near-term contributions of that research to the treatment of disease, and a thoughtful probing of the deep moral and social issues raised by our increasing abilities to predict the onset of hereditary disease and to make decisions about the kinds of people who will be born. A distinguished scholar of the history and philosophy of science, Philip Kitcher insightfully addresses the practical and philosophical questions posed by the explosion of new discoveries in the field of genetics. As our ability to determine whether individuals are at risk for various diseases and disabilities increases, will medical treatments keep pace? Could widespread use of genetic tests lead to new forms of discrimination in insurance, employment, and how people are viewed by society? How can genetic knowledge improve law enforcement while protecting the rights of the innocent? As prenatal testing provides new opportunities to select the types of people brought into being, how can the abuse of that power be prevented so that we avoid the evils of the eugenic past? If scientists discover a genetic basis for traits deemed socially objectionable, might abortion become a tool for avoiding the birth of "undesirables"? To what extent do new discoveries support the idea that our destinies are written in our genes? More fundamentally, what will become of our self-image as we find out more and more about the mechanisms of our bodies and our brains?
Finding an ending : reflections on Wagner's Ring by Philip Kitcher( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelungs. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer art look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world."--Jacket
Deaths in Venice : the cases of Gustav von Aschenbach by Philip Kitcher( )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Mendel's mirror : philosophical reflections on biology by Philip Kitcher( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Kitcher is one of the leading figures in the philosophy of science today. Here he collects, for the first time, many of his published articles on the philosophy of biology, spanning from the mid-1980's to the present. The book's title refers to Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who was one of the first scientists to develop a theory of heredity. Mendel's work has been deeply influential to our understanding of our selves and our world, just as the study of genetics today will have a profound and long-term impact on future scientific research. Kitcher's articles cover a broad range of t
Living with Darwin : evolution, design, and the future of faith by Philip Kitcher( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and German and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher peers into the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing why evolution has been the object of such vehement attack." "Evolution is a dangerous idea. In this volume, Philip Kitcher illuminates this idea while suggesting ways to defuse the danger, suggestions that embrace both the religious impulse and the force of scientific evidence."--Jacket
History and philosophy of modern mathematics by Philip Kitcher( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, truth, and democracy by Philip Kitcher( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Closely examining some of our most deeply held notions about the role of science, distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher engages the heated debate about how scientific knowledge should be pursued and employed. There currently exists a sharp divide between the purists who believe that the pursuit of scientific knowledge is always valuable and necessary and those who believe that it invariably serves the interests of the powerful. Kitcher rejects both perspectives, painting a pragmatic portrait of the sciences that allows for the possibility of scientific truth but nonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues to investigate."--Jacket
Vaulting ambition : sociobiology and the quest for human nature by Philip Kitcher( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The advancement of science : science without legend, objectivity without illusions by Philip Kitcher( Book )

38 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Setting a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines, in this book the well-known philosopher Philip Kitcher offers an innovative and detailed picture of the advancement of science." "During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and the overreactions to philosophical idealizations." "Recognizing that science is done not by logically omniscient subjects working in isolation, but by people with a variety of personal and social interests who cooperate and compete with one another, he argues that, nonetheless, we may conceive the growth of science as a process in which both our vision of nature and our ways of learning more about nature improve." "Undertaking a novel synthesis that preserves the very conceptions of objectivity and progress in epistemology and philosophy of science, this book accommodates and examines the insights of historians and sociologists of science who have criticized traditional philosophy of science. Pointing to a new way of discussing science, The Advancement of Science is of key interest to philosophers of science, historians of science, sociologists of science, and reflective scientists."--Jacket
The nature of mathematical knowledge by Philip Kitcher( Book )

42 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text develops and defends an empiricist approach to mathematical knowledge. After offering an account of a priori knowledge, it argues that none of the available accounts of a priori mathematical knowledge is viable
Scientific explanation by Philip Kitcher( )

19 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four decades of scientific explanation / Wesley C. Salmon -- Explanation and metaphysical controversy / Peter Railton -- Explanation : in search of the rationale / Matti Sintonen -- Scientific explanation : the causes, some of the causes, and nothing but the causes / Paul W. Humphreys -- Pure, mixed, and spurious probabilities and their significance for a reductionist theory of causation / David Papineau -- Capacities and abstractions / Nancy Cartwright -- The causal mechanical model of explanation / James Woodward -- Explanation in the social sciences / Merrilee H. Salmon -- Explanatory unification and the causal structure of the world / Philip Kitcher
Life after faith : the case for secular humanism by Philip Kitcher( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Kitcher constructs an original and persuasive secular perspective, one that answers human needs, recognizes the objectivity of values, and provides for the universal desire for meaningfulness. Kitcher thoughtfully and sensitively considers how secularism can respond to the worries and challenges that all people confront, including the issue of mortality. He investigates how secular lives compare with those of people who adopt religious doctrines as literal truth, as well as those who embrace less literalistic versions of religion. Whereas religious belief has been important in past times, Kitcher concludes that evolution away from religion is now essential. He envisions the successors to religious life, when the senses of identity and community traditionally fostered by religion will instead draw on a broader range of cultural items--those provided by poets, filmmakers, musicians, artists, scientists, and others. With clarity and deep insight, Kitcher reveals the power of secular humanism to encourage fulfilling human lives built on ethical truth
The seasons alter : how to save our planet in six acts by Philip Kitcher( Book )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the science, politics, and debates surrounding climate change, addressing topics ranging from whether or not climate change is real to the responsibility of today's world in protecting future needs
Joyce's kaleidoscope : an invitation to Finnegans wake by Philip Kitcher( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Joyce's Ulysses, once regarded as obscure and obscene, is now viewed as a masterpiece of world literature. Yet Joyce's final novel, Finnegans Wake, to which he devoted seventeen years, remains virtually unread. Its linguistic novelties, layered allusions, and experimental form can make it seem impenetrable." "Joyce's Kaleidoscope attempts to dissolve the darkness that surrounds the Wake and to display instead its mesmerizing play of light. Philip Kitcher offers an original, appealing interpretation of Joyce's novel while also suggesting an approach to the magnum opus that will attract readers of every sort. Focusing throughout on the book's central themes, Kitcher proposes that Finnegans Wake has at its core an age-old philosophical question - "What makes a life worth living?"--That Joyce explores from the perspective of someone who feels that a long life is now at its end."--Jacket
Science in a democratic society by Philip Kitcher( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preludes to pragmatism : toward a reconstruction of philosophy by Philip Kitcher( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last two decades the distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher has started to make a serious case for pragmatism as the source of a new life in contemporary philosophy. There are some, like Kitcher, who view today's analytic philosophy as mired in narrowly focused, technical disputes of little interest to the wider world. What is the future of philosophy, and what would it look like? These essays try to install the pragmatic spirit into contemporary philosophy, renewing James and Dewey for our own times
Is birdsong music? : outback encounters with an Australian songbird by Hollis Taylor( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How and when does music become possible? Is it a matter of biology, or culture, or an interaction between the two? Revolutionizing the way we think about the core values of music and human exceptionalism, Hollis Taylor takes us on an outback road trip to meet the Australian pied butcherbird. Recognized for their distinct timbre, calls, and songs, both sexes of this songbird sing in duos, trios, and even larger choirs, transforming their flute-like songs annually. While birdsong has long inspired artists, writers, musicians, and philosophers, and enthralled listeners from all walks of life, researchers from the sciences have dominated its study. As a field musicologist, Taylor spends months each year in the Australian outback recording the songs of the pied butcherbird and chronicling their musical activities. She argues persuasively in these pages that their inventiveness in song surpasses biological necessity, compelling us to question the foundations of music and confront the remarkably entangled relationship between human and animal worlds. Equal parts nature essay, memoir, and scholarship, Is Birdsong Music? offers vivid portraits of the extreme locations where these avian choristers are found, quirky stories from the field, and an in-depth exploration of the vocalizations of the pied butcherbird."--
Science, vérité et démocratie by Philip Kitcher( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Abusing science : the case against creationism
The lives to come : the genetic revolution and human possibilitiesFinding an ending : reflections on Wagner's RingIn Mendel's mirror : philosophical reflections on biologyLiving with Darwin : evolution, design, and the future of faithScience, truth, and democracyVaulting ambition : sociobiology and the quest for human natureThe advancement of science : science without legend, objectivity without illusionsThe nature of mathematical knowledge
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