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Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology (Paperback)

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Ecologists use a remarkable range of methods and techniques to understand complex, inherently variable, and functionally diverse entities and processes across a staggering range of spatial, temporal and interactive scales. These multiple perspectives make ecology very different to the exemplar of science often presented by philosophers. In Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology, designed for graduate students and researchers, ecology is put into a new philosophical framework that engages with this inherent pluralism while still placing constraints on the ways that we can investigate and understand nature. The authors begin by exploring the sources of variety in the practice of ecology and how these have led to the current conceptual confusion. They argue that the solution is to adopt the approach of constrained perspectivism and go on to explore the ontological, metaphysical, and epistemological aspects of this position and how it can be used in ecological research and teaching.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521133036
SKU 211287115
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521133033
Release Date 1/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0212
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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