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Daston, Lorraine 1951-

Works: 170 works in 600 publications in 3 languages and 15,137 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Creator, Author of introduction, wst, Speaker, Compiler, Contributor, Interviewee
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Most widely held works about Lorraine Daston
Most widely held works by Lorraine Daston
The moral authority of nature by Lorraine Daston( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify. This work offers a wide ranging account of how people have used nature to think about what counts as good, beautiful, just, or valuable. The eighteen essays cover a diverse array of topics, including the connection of cosmic and human orders in ancient Greece, medieval notions of sexual disorder, early modern contexts for categorizing individuals and judging acts as "against nature," race and the origin of humans, ecological economics, and radical feminism. The essays also range widely in time and place, from archaic Greece to early twentieth-century China, medieval Europe to contemporary America. This work provides a sustained historical survey of its topic
Thinking with animals : new perspectives on anthropomorphism( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As this innovative new collection demonstrates, humans use animals to transcend the confines of self and species; they also enlist them to symbolize, dramatize, and illuminate aspects of humans' experience and fantasy. Humans merge with animals in stories, films, philosophical speculations, and scientific treatises. In their performance on many stages and in different ways, animals move us to think." "Essays in the book investigate the changing patterns of anthropomorphism across different time periods and settings, as well as their transformative effects, both figuratively and literally, upon animals, humans, and their interactions. Examining how anthropomorphic thinking "works" in a range of different contexts, contributors reveal the ways in which anthropomorphism turns out to be remarkably useful: it can promote good health and spirits, enlist support in political causes, sell products across boundaries of culture and nationality, crystallize and strengthen social values, and hold up a philosophical mirror to the human predicament."--Jacket
Histories of scientific observation( )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Observation is the most pervasive and fundamental practice of all the modern sciences, both natural and human. Its instruments include not only the naked senses but also tools such as the telescope and microscope, the questionnaire, the photographic plate, the notebook, the glassed-in beehive, and myriad other ingenious inventions designed to make the invisible visible, the evanescent permanent, the abstract concrete. Yet observation has almost never been considered as an object of historical inquiry in itself. This wide-ranging collection offers the first examination of the history of scientific observation in its own right, as both epistemic category and scientific practice. Histories of Scientific Observation features engaging episodes drawn from across the spectrum of the natural and human sciences, ranging from meteorology, medicine, and natural history to economics, astronomy, and psychology. The contributions spotlight how observers have scrutinized everything--from seaweed to X-ray radiation, household budgets to the emotions--with ingenuity, curiosity, and perseverance verging on obsession. This book makes a compelling case for the significance of the long, surprising, and epistemologically significant history of scientific observation, a history full of innovations that have enlarged the possibilities of perception, judgment, and reason
Wonders and the order of nature, 1150-1750 by Lorraine Daston( Book )

39 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how European scientists from the High Middle Ages through the Enlightenment used wonders, monsters, curiosities, marvels, and other phenomena to envision the natural world
The Empire of chance : how probability changed science and everyday life by Gerd Gigerenzer( )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Empire of Chance tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life over the last three centuries. A continuous narrative connects the earliest application of probability and statistics in gambling and insurance to the most recent forays into law, medicine, polling and baseball. Separate chapters explore the theoretical and methodological impact in biology, physics and psychology. Themes recur - determinism, inference, causality, free will, evidence, the shifting meaning of probability - but in dramatically different disciplinary and historical contexts. In contrast to the literature on the mathematical development of probability and statistics, this book centres on how these technical innovations remade our conceptions of nature, mind and society. Written by an interdisciplinary team of historians and philosophers, this readable, lucid account keeps technical material to an absolute minimum. It is aimed not only at specialists in the history and philosophy of science, but also at the general reader and scholars in other disciplines
Natural law and laws of nature in early modern Europe : jurisprudence, theology, moral and natural philosophy by Michael Stolleis( )

35 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This impressive volume is the first attempt to look at the intertwined histories of natural law and the laws of nature in early modern Europe. These notions became central to jurisprudence and natural philosophy in the seventeenth century; the debates that informed developments in those fields drew heavily on theology and moral philosophy, and vice versa. Historians of science, law, philosophy, and theology from Europe and North America here come together to address these central themes and to consider the question; was the emergence of natural law both in European jurisprudence and natural ph
Objectivity by Lorraine Daston( Book )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daston and Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid 19th century sciences and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgement. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images
Classical probability in the Enlightenment by Lorraine Daston( Book )

30 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Things that talk : object lessons from art and science by Lorraine Daston( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality
Why does history matter to philosophy and the sciences? : selected essays by Lorenz Krüger( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are the relationships between philosophy and the history of philosophy, the history of science and the philosophy of science? This selection of essays by Lorenz Krüger (1932-1994) presents exemplary studies on the philosophy of John Locke and Immanuel Kant, on the history of physics and on the scope and limitations of scientific explanation, and a realistic understanding of science and truth. In his treatment of leading currents in 20th century philosophy, Krüger presents new and original arguments for a deeper understanding of the continuity and dynamics of the development of scientific theory. These result in significant consequences for the claim of the sciences that they understand reality in a rational manner. The case studies are complemented by fundamental thoughts on the relationship between philosophy, science, and their common history
Biographies of scientific objects by Lorraine Daston( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the ways in which scientific objects are both real and historical. Whether discovered or invented, objects of inquiry broaden and deepen in meaning -- growing more 'real' -- as they become entangled in webs of cultural signficance, material practices, and theoretical derivations. Thus their biographies will matter to anyone concerned with the formation of scientific knowledge and with the reconciliation of ontology and history."--Page 4 of cover
Science as cultural practice( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume represents a collection of studies in cultural history and theory of science from the early modern era to the present. The essays are linked by the conviction that one of the most significant developments in recent scientific historiography consists in its insistence that the relations between science, culture and history be understood and examined reciprocally. Not only does scientific practice take place under conditions shaped by social and cultural forces; it also generates and necessitates its own specific patterns of cultural, social and political activity. Sciences which have evolved into significant social systems produce their own cultures and politics. Through discussion of the common origin of scientific knowledge and the cultures and politics of research, this volume hopes to make a contribution toward a better understanding of the roles of scientific research from its inception in the 17th century up to the dramatic upheavals in the 20th century. With articles by Lorraine Daston, Sven Dierig, Moritz Epple, Evelyn Fox Keller, Mary Jo Nye , Dominique Pestre, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Simon Schaffer, Friedrich Steinle, Catherine Wilson, Norton M. Wise and Claus Zittel. Der Band versammelt Studien zur Kulturgeschichte und Theorie der Wissenschaften von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart. Vereinigt sind die Beiträge durch die Überzeugung, dass eine der folgenreichsten Interventionen der jüngeren Wissenschaftsgeschichte darin liegt, dass die Beziehungen zwischen Wissenschaft, Kultur und Gesellschaft auf reziproke Weise verstanden und untersucht werden müssen. Wissenschaftliche Praxis findet nicht nur stets unter sozial und kulturell geprägten Bedingungen statt, sie erzeugt und erfordert auch eigene, spezifische Muster kulturellen, sozialen und politischen Handelns. Die Wissenschaften, die zu sozialen Systemen bedeutender Größe angewachsen sind, schaffen ihre eigenen Kulturen und Politiken. Durch die Diskussion der gemeinsamen Entstehung wissenschaftlichen Wissens und der Kulturen und Politiken der Forschung leistet der Band einen Beitrag zu einem besseren Verständnis der Rollen wissenschaftlicher Forschung von ihrer Formierung im 17. Jahrhundert bis zu den dramatischen Umbrüchen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Mit Beiträgen von Lorraine Daston, Sven Dierig, Moritz Epple, Evelyn Fox Keller, Mary Jo Nye , Dominique Pestre, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Simon Schaffer, Friedrich Steinle, Catherine Wilson, Norton M. Wise und Claus Zittel
How reason almost lost its mind : the strange career of Cold War rationality by Paul Erickson( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. In the United States at the height of the Cold War, roughly between the end of World War II and the early 1980s, a new project of redefining rationality commanded the attention of sharp minds, powerful politicians, wealthy foundations, and top military brass. Its home was the human sciences -- psychology, sociology, political science, and economics, among others -- and its participants enlisted in an intellectual campaign to figure out what rationality should mean and how it could be deployed. How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind brings to life the people -- Herbert Simon, Oskar Morgenstern, Herman Kahn, Anatol Rapoport, Thomas Schelling, and many others -- and places, including the RAND Corporation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Cowles Commission for Research and Economics, and the Council on Foreign Relations, that played a key role in putting forth a "Cold War rationality." Decision makers harnessed this picture of rationality -- optimizing, formal, algorithmic, and mechanical -- in their quest to understand phenomena as diverse as economic transactions, biological evolution, political elections, international relations, and military strategy. The authors chronicle and illuminate what it meant to be rational in the age of nuclear brinkmanship
Science in the archives : pasts, presents, futures by Lorraine Daston( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archives bring to mind rooms filled with old papers and dusty artifacts. But for scientists, the detritus of the past can be a treasure trove of material vital to present and future research: fossils collected by geologists; data banks assembled by geneticists; case histories published in medical journals; weather diaries and data silos trawled by climate scientists; libraries visited by historians. These are the vital collections, assembled and maintained over millennia, which define the sciences of the archives. With 'Science in the Archives', Lorraine Daston offers the first study of the important role that these archives play in the natural and human sciences. Ranging across disciplines and centuries, contributors cover episodes in the history of astronomy, geology, genetics, philology, climatology, medicine, and more - as well as fundamental practices such as collecting, retrieval, and data mining. Chapters cover topics ranging from doxology in Greco-Roman antiquity to NSA surveillance techniques of the twenty-first century. Thoroughly exploring the practices, politics, economics, and potential of the sciences of the archives, this volume reveals the essential historical dimension of the sciences, while also adding a much-needed long term perspective to contemporary debates over the uses of Big Data in science
Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at fifty : reflections on a science classic by Robert J Richards( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was a watershed event when it was published in 1962, upending the previous understanding of science as a slow, logical accumulation of facts and introducing, with the concept of the "paradigm shift, " social and psychological considerations into the heart of the scientific process. More than fifty years after its publication, Kuhn's work continues to influence thinkers in a wide range of fields, including scientists, historians, and sociologists. It is clear that The Structure of Scientific Revolutions itself marks no less of a paradigm shift than those it describes. In Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions" at Fifty, leading social scientists and philosophers explore the origins of Kuhn's masterwork and its legacy fifty years on. These essays exhume important historical context for Kuhn's work, critically analyzing its foundations in twentieth-century science, politics, and Kuhn's own intellectual biography: his experiences as a physics graduate student, his close relationship with psychologists before and after the publication of Structure, and the Cold War framework of terms such as "world view" and "paradigm."
The Cambridge history of science by Katharine Park( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an account of knowledge of the natural world in Europe, ca. 1500-1700. Referred to as the Scientific Revolution, this period saw major transformations in various fields such as anatomy, astronomy & natural history
Objektivität by Lorraine Daston( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in German and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early modern science by Katharine Park( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an account of knowledge of the natural world in Europe, ca. 1500-1700. Referred to as the Scientific Revolution, this period saw major transformations in various fields such as anatomy, astronomy & natural history
Naturwissenschaft, Geisteswissenschaft, Kulturwissenschaft : Einheit, Gegensatz, Komplementarität? by Göttinger Gespräch zur Geschichtswissenschaft( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in German and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wunder, Beweise und Tatsachen : zur Geschichte der Rationalität by Lorraine Daston( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in German and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Thinking with animals : new perspectives on anthropomorphism
Thinking with animals : new perspectives on anthropomorphismHistories of scientific observationWonders and the order of nature, 1150-1750The Empire of chance : how probability changed science and everyday lifeNatural law and laws of nature in early modern Europe : jurisprudence, theology, moral and natural philosophyObjectivityClassical probability in the EnlightenmentThings that talk : object lessons from art and science
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Daston, L. 1951-

Daston, Lorraine

Daston , Lorraine J.

Daston Lorraine J. 1951-....

Daston, Lorraine Jenifer 1951-

Lorraine Daston American historian of science

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Lorraine Daston historienne des sciences américaine

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Дастон, Лоррейн

ダーストン, L.

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