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Pera, Marcello 1943-

Works: 84 works in 285 publications in 6 languages and 5,559 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: Q175, 501
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Most widely held works about Marcello Pera
Most widely held works by Marcello Pera
Without roots : the West, relativism, Christianity, Islam by Benedict( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Ratzinger's first book as Pope. Written in conjunction with President of the Italian Senate, Marcello Pera--a partnering of the statesman and the holy man--the book is a reassessment of the European "West" and its struggle to define itself in the wake of war, terrorism, diplomatic and spiritual crisis. Pope Benedict reveals a thorough grasp of the contemporary global climate and the tentative and fractious bonds that tie Europe to the rest of the world. Though critical and cautionary, the new Pope ultimately offers an assertive message of hope to mend the West's fractured identity and reconnect with its spiritual roots.--From publisher description
Scientific controversies : philosophical and historical perspectives by Peter K Machamer( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recently, social constructivists have claimed that the outcomes of scientific debates are strongly influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetorical prowess and professional clout of the rival researchers. The collection presents historical studies and philosophical analyses that undermine the plausibility of an extreme social constructivist perspective, yet indicate the need for a richer and more realistic account of scientific rationality." "The essays consider the nature of scientific controversy, how such controversies are resolved, and whether controversy is in fact necessary to the advancement of scientific knowledge."--Jacket
The ambiguous frog : the Galvani-Volta controversy on animal electricity by Marcello Pera( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do ideas become accepted by the scientific community? How and why do scientists choose among empirically equivalent theories? In this pathbreaking book translated from the Italian, Marcello Pera addresses these questions by exploring the politics, rhetoric, scientific practices, and metaphysical assumptions that entered into the famous Galvani-Volta controversy of the late eighteenth century. This lively debate erupted when two scientists, each examining the muscle contractions of a dissected frog in contact with metal, came up with opposing but experimentally valid explanations of the phenomenon. Luigi Galvani, a doctor and physiologist, believed that he had discovered animal electricity (electrical body fluid existing naturally in a state of disequilibrium), while the physicist Alessandro Volta attributed the contractions to ordinary physical electricity. Beginning with the electrical concepts understood by scientists in the 1790s, Pera traces the careers of Galvani and Volta and explains their laboratory procedures. He shows that their controversy derived from two basic, irreducible interpretations of the proper nature of a common domain: Galvani saw the frog phenomenon as the work of biological organs, Volta as that of a physical apparatus. The initial preference for Volta's theory, maintains Pera, depended not on clear-cut methodological rules, but on a dialectical dispute for which the renowned physicist was better equipped, partly because he shared the dominant metaphysical views of his time. Originally published in 1991. 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
The discourses of science by Marcello Pera( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pera proposes to overcome the tension between normative and descriptive philosophies of science by focusing on rhetoric in the construction and acceptance of theories. Examining the uses of argumentation in Galileo's Dialogue, Darwin's Origin, and the big bang-steady state controversy in cosmology, Pera shows that scientific research is not just an interchange between nature and the observer. Rather, science is a three-way interaction among nature, the investigator, and a questioning community which, through the process of attack, defense, and dispute, determines what science is. Rhetoric, then, understood as the practice of scientific argumentation, is an essential element in the constitution of science. As a powerful alternative to dominant philosophies of science and a bold reconsideration of rhetoric and dialectic more broadly, this book addresses contemporary questions in philosophy, rhetoric, history of science, literary criticism, and cognitive science
Rational changes in science : essays on scientific reasoning by Joseph C Pitt( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE PROBLEMS OF SCIENTIFIC RATIONALITY Fashion is a fickle mistress. Only yesterday scientific rationality enjoyed considerable attention, consideration, and even reverence among phi losophers; "but today's fashion leads us to despise it, and the matron, rejected and abandoned as Hecuba, complains; modo maxima rerum, tot generis natisque potens - nunc trahor exui, inops", to cite Kant for our purpose, who cited Ovid for his. Like every fashion, ours also has its paradoxical aspects, as John Watkins correctly reminds in an essay in this volume. Enthusiasm for science was high among philosophers when significant scientific results were mostly a promise, it declined when that promise became an undeniable reality. Nevertheless, as with the decline of any fashion, even the revolt against scientific rationality has some reasonable grounds. If the taste of the philosophical community has changed so much, it is not due to an incident or a whim. This volume is not about the history of and reasons for this change. Instead, it provides a view of the new emerging image of scientific rationality in both its philosophical and historical aspects. In particular, the aim of the contributions gathered here is to focus on the concept around which the discussions about rationality have mostly taken place: scientific change
Persuading science : the art of scientific rhetoric( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why we should call ourselves Christians : the religious roots of free societies by Marcello Pera( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intellectual and political elite of the West is nowadays taking for granted that religion, in particular Christianity, is a cultural vestige, a primitive form of knowledge, a consolation for the poor minded, an obstacle to coexistence. In all influential environments, the widespread watchword is "We are all secular" or "We are all post-religious." As a consequence, we are told that states must be independent of religious creed, politics must take a neutral stance regarding religious values, and societies must hold together without any reference to religious bonds. Liberalism, which in some
Popper e la scienza su palafitte by Marcello Pera( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Senza radici : Europa, relativismo, cristianesimo, islam by Marcello Pera( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Italian and Spanish and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hume, Kant e l'induzione by Marcello Pera( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in Italian and French and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La rana ambigua : la controversia sull'elettricità animale tra Galvani e Volta by Marcello Pera( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apologia del metodo by Marcello Pera( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in Italian and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il mondo incerto( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ohne Wurzeln : der Relativismus und die Krise der europäischen Kultur by Benedict( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in German and English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perché dobbiamo dirci cristiani : il liberalismo, l'Europa, l'etica by Marcello Pera( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in Spanish and Italian and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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I modi del progresso : teorie e episodi della razionalità scientifica by Marcello Pera( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scienza come arte by Paul Feyerabend( Book )

5 editions published between 1971 and 1984 in Italian and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'arte della persuasione scientifica( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in Italian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Meraviglia di essere uomo by John C Eccles( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in Italian and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diritti umani e cristianesimo : la Chiesa alla prova della modernità by Marcello Pera( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Without roots : the West, relativism, Christianity, Islam
Alternative Names
Marcello Pera Italiaans filosoof

Marcello Pera italialainen poliitikko

Marcello Pera Italian philosopher and politician

Marcello Pera italienischer Wissenschaftstheoretiker, Hochschullehrer und Politiker


Pera, Marcello

Марчелло Пера

Scientific controversies : philosophical and historical perspectivesThe ambiguous frog : the Galvani-Volta controversy on animal electricityThe discourses of scienceRational changes in science : essays on scientific reasoningWhy we should call ourselves Christians : the religious roots of free societies