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Tauber, Alfred I.

Works: 44 works in 257 publications in 4 languages and 12,773 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Alfred I Tauber
Confessions of a medicine man : an essay in popular philosophy by Alfred I Tauber( )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Confessions of a Medicine Man, Alfred Tauber probes the ethical structure of contemporary medicine in an argument accessible to lay readers, healthcare professionals, and ethicists alike. Through personal anecdote, historical narrative, and philosophical discussion, Tauber composes a moral portrait of the doctor-patient relationship. In a time when discussion has focused on market forces, he seeks to show how our basic conceptions of health, the body, and most fundamentally our very notion of selfhood frame our experience of illness. Arguing against an ethics based on a presumed autonomy, Tauber presents a relational ethic that orients medical science and a voracious industry back to their primary moral responsibility: the empathetic response to the call of the ill
Henry David Thoreau and the moral agency of knowing by Alfred I Tauber( )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 2,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this graceful philosophical account, Alfred I. Tauber shows clearly why Thoreau seems so relevant today - more relevant in many respects than he seemed to his contemporaries. Although Thoreau has been skillfully and thoroughly examined as a writer, naturalist, mystic, historian, social thinker, transcendentalist, and lifelong student, we may find in Tauber's portrait of Thoreau the moralist a richer characterization that binds all these aspects of his career together."--Jacket
Freud, the reluctant philosopher by Alfred I Tauber( )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 2,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. Freud began university intending to study both medicine and philosophy. But he was ambivalent about philosophy, regarding it as metaphysical, too limited to the conscious mind, and ignorant of empirical knowledge. Yet his private correspondence and his writings on culture and history reveal that he never forsook his original philosophical ambitions. Indeed, while Freud remained firmly committed to positivist ideals, his thought was permeated with other aspects of German philosophy. Placed in dialogue with his intellectual contemporaries, Freud appears as a reluctant philosopher who failed to recognize his own metaphysical commitments, thereby crippling the defense of his theory and misrepresenting his true achievement. Recasting Freud as an inspired humanist and reconceiving psychoanalysis as a form of moral inquiry, Alfred Tauber argues that Freudianism still offers a rich approach to self-inquiry, one that reaffirms the enduring task of philosophy and many of the abiding ethical values of Western civilization
Metchnikoff and the origins of immunology : from metaphor to theory by Alfred I Tauber( )

17 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating intellectual history is the first critical study of the work of Elie Metchnikoff, the founding father of immunology
Requiem for the ego : Freud and the origins of postmodernism by Alfred I Tauber( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Requiem for the Ego recounts Freud's last great attempt to 'save' the autonomy of the ego, which drew philosophical criticism from the most prominent philosophers of the period--Adorno, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. Despite their divergent orientations, each contested the ego's capacity to represent mental states through word and symbol to an agent surveying its own cognizance. By discarding the subject-object divide as a model of the mind, they dethroned Freud's depiction of the ego as a conceit of a misleading self-consciousness and a faulty metaphysics. Freud's inquisitors, while employing divergent arguments, found unacknowledged consensus in identifying the core philosophical challenges of defining agency and describing subjectivity. In Requiem, Tauber uniquely synthesizes these philosophical attacks against psychoanalysis and, more generally, provides a kaleidoscopic portrait of the major developments in mid-20th century philosophy that prepared the conceptual grounding for postmodernism."--Publisher's website
The immune self : theory or metaphor? by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Immune Self is a critical study of immunology from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century to its contemporary formulation. The book offers the first extended philosophical critique of immunology, in which the function of the term "self" that underlies the structure of current immune theory is analyzed. However, this analysis is carefully integrated into a broad survey of the major scientific developments in immunology, a discussion of their historical context, and a review of the conceptual arguments that have molded this sophisticated modern science
Science and the quest for meaning by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this deeply thoughtful exploration, Alfred Tauber, a practicing scientist and highly regarded philosopher, eloquently traces the history of the philosophy of science, seeking in the end to place science within the humanistic context from which it originated. Avoiding the dogmatism that has defined both extremes in the recent "Science Wars" and presenting a conception of reason that lifts the discussion out of the interminable debates about objectivity and neutrality, Tauber offers a way of understanding science as an evolving relationship between facts and the values that govern their discovery and applications." "This timely text presents a centrist view wherein "truth" and "objectivity" function as working ideals and serve as pragmatic tools. If the humanization of science is to reach completion, it must reveal not only the meaning it receives from its social and cultural settings but also that which it lends to them."--Jacket
Patient autonomy and the ethics of responsibility by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this highly original monograph, Nicholas Georgalis proposes that the concept of minimal content is fundamental both to the philosophy of mind and to the philosophy of language. He argues that minimal content -- a narrow, first-person, non-phenomenal concept that represents the subject of an agent's intentional state as the agent conceives it -- is required to understand mind and language. Orthodox third-person objective methodology must be supplemented with first-person subjective methodology. Georgalis demonstrates limitations of a strictly third-person methodology in the study of mind and language and argues that these deficiencies can be corrected only by the incorporation of a first-person methodology. Nevertheless, this expanded methodology makes possible an objective understanding of the subjective. (Midwest)
Organism and the origins of self by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

18 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The generation of diversity : clonal selection theory and the rise of molecular immunology by Scott H Podolsky( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Generation of Diversity is an intellectual history of the major theoretical problem in immunology and its resolution in the post-World War II period. It will provide for immunologists essential background for understanding the conceptual conflicts occurring in the field today
The elusive synthesis : aesthetics and science by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays ranges from phenomenological descriptions of the beautiful in science to analytical explorations of the philosophical conjunction of the aesthetic and the scientific. The book is organized around two central tenets. The first is that scientific experience is laden with an emotive content of the beautiful, which is manifest in the conceptualization of raw data, both in the particulars of presenting and experiencing the phenomenon under investigation, and in the broader theoretical formulation that binds the facts into unitary wholes. The second major theme acknowledges that there may be deeply shared philosophical foundations underlying science and aesthetics, but in the twentieth century such commonality has become increasingly difficult to discern. The problem accounts in large measure for the recurrent debate on how to link Science and Beauty, and the latent tension inherent in the effort to tentatively explore what is oftentimes only their intuited synthesis."--BOOK JACKET
Immunity : the evolution of an idea by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Senior scholar Alfred Tauber argues in this bold account that common approaches to the study of immunology are inherently flawed in its strict dichotomy of the self and non-self, or external invaders. The relationship between what is self and what is non-self is in reality a complex, dymanic, relational one. Autonomous agents are constantly in the midst of dialectical exchanges in which immunity mediates both noxious and benign encounters. Namely: rather than serving to defend an independent entity, immunity participates in an eco-system. Contemporary transplantation biology and autoimmunity have demonstrated phenomena that upset rigid adherence to the self/non-self dichotomy. Placing tolerant immune mechanisms within a broad ecological context has highlighted the balance of co-operative and competitive relationships in which immunity functions. By understanding immunity this way, as a 'symbiotic turn, ' we come to see that immune reactivity (rejection or tolerance) is a second-order response to the cognitive functions of the immune system. Organisms have a complex capacity to respond to environment, and, through Tauber's insignts, we appreciate them more fully when we grasp the flexibility of the borders of organisms. After first providing an overview of the history of immunology, and explaining why the dominant understanding of it is incomplete and limiting, Tauber argues for this new approach to immunology and explains how it will usher in a new biology in which symbiosis is the rule, not the exception."--
Philosophies of nature : the human dimension : in celebration of Erazim Kohák by R. S Cohen( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical understandings of Nature and Human Nature. Classical Greek and modern West, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, by 14 authors, including Robert Neville, Stanley Rosen, David Eckel, Livia Kohn, Tienyu Cao, Abner Shimoney, Alfred Tauber, Krzysztof Michalski, Lawrence Cahoone, Stephen Scully, Alan Olson and Alfred Ferrarin. Dedicated to the phenomenological ecology of Erazim Kohák, with 10 of his essays and a full bibliography. Overall theme: on the question of the moral sense of nature
Science and the quest for reality( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and the Quest for Reality is an interdisciplinary anthology that situates contemporary science within its complex philosophical, historical, and sociological contexts. The anthology is divided between, firstly, characterizing science as an intellectual activity and, secondly, defining its social role. The philosophical and historical vicissitudes of science's truth claims has raised profound questions concerning the role of science in society beyond its technological innovations. The deeper philosophical issues thus complement the critical inquiry concerning the broader social and ethical influence of contemporary science. In the tradition of the 'Main Trends of the Modern World' series, this volume includes both classical and contemporary works on the subject
The evolutionary-biology papers of Elie Metchnikoff by Elie Metchnikoff( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Evolutionary Biology Papers of Elie Metchnikoff by Helena Gourko( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916), winner of the Nobel Prize in 1907 for his contributions to immunology, was first a comparative zoologist, who, working in the wake of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, made seminal contributions to evolutionary biology. His work in comparative embryology is best known in regard to the debates with Ernst Haeckel concerning animal genealogical relationships and the theoretical origins of metazoans. But independent of those polemics, Metchnikoff developed his `phagocytosis theory' of immunity as a result of his early comparative embryology research, and only in examining the full breadth of his work do we appreciate his signal originality. Metchnikoff's scientific papers have remained largely untranslated into English. Assembled here, annotated and edited, are the key evolutionary biology papers dating from Metchnikoff's earliest writings (1865) to the texts of his mature period of the 1890s, which will serve as an invaluable resource for those interested in the historical development of evolutionary biology
L'immunologia dell'io by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A symposium on David Hilbert( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zur Integration der linearen Differentialgleichungen by Alfred I Tauber( Book )

4 editions published between 1921 and 1923 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Henry David Thoreau and the moral agency of knowing
Henry David Thoreau and the moral agency of knowingFreud, the reluctant philosopherMetchnikoff and the origins of immunology : from metaphor to theoryThe immune self : theory or metaphor?Science and the quest for meaningPatient autonomy and the ethics of responsibilityOrganism and the origins of selfThe generation of diversity : clonal selection theory and the rise of molecular immunology
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Alfred I. Tauber Amerikaans immunoloog

Tauber, A. I.

Tauber, Alfred

Tauber, Alfred I.

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