Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn

Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn

Dorothea E. Olkowski
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00119-1
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What can come of a scientific engagement with postmodern philosophy? Some scientists have claimed that the social sciences and humanities have nothing to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Dorothea E. Olkowski shows that the historic link between science and philosophy, mathematics itself, plays a fundamental role in the development of the worldviews that drive both fields. Focusing on language, its expression of worldview and usage, she develops a phenomenological account of human thought and action to explicate the role of philosophy in the sciences. Olkowski proposes a model of phenomenology, both scientific and philosophical, that helps make sense of reality and composes an ethics for dealing with unpredictability in our world.

Author Bio

Dorothea E. Olkowski is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Director of the Cognitive Studies Minor. She is author of Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation and Resistance, Flight, Creation: Feminist Enactments of French Philosophy and editor (with Christina Schües and Helen A. Fielding) of Time in Feminist Phenomenology (IUP, 2011).


“Dorothea E. Olkowski seeks to determine the limits of an ontology that derives its categories from the physics of deterministic chaos. She does so on the basis of an informed engagement with the history of modern physics. She goes on to develop an ethical framework based on phenomenological characteristics of the experience of the arrow of time.”
 — Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University Chicago

“This book is beautifully written, engaging throughout and captivating. . . . Authoritative and intelligent without being arrogant.”
 — Claire Colebrook, The Pennsylvania State University

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Table of Contents

Preface: Postmodern Philosophy
1. Nature Calls: Scientific Worldviews and the Sokal Hoax
2. The Natural Contract and the Archimedean World View
3. Semi-Free: Thermodynamics, Probability and the New Worldview
4. Burning Man: The Influence of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Science of Flow
5. Philosophy’s Extra-scientific Messages
6. Love’s Ontology: Ethics Beyond the Limits of Classical Science

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