Ecological Understanding: The Nature of Theory and the Theory of Nature

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Academic Press, 21 de jul de 1994 - 206 páginas
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Ecology is an historical science in which theories can be as difficult to test as they are to devise. This volume, intended for ecologists and evolutionary biologists, reviews ecological theories, and how they are generated, evaluated, and categorized. Synthesizing a vast and sometimes labyrinthine literature, this book is a useful entry into the scientific philosophy of ecology and natural history. The need for integration of the contributions to theory made by different disciplines is a central theme of this book. The authors demonstrate that only through such integration will advances in ecological theory be possible. Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other serious students of natural history will want this book.
 

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Progress via Integration
9
Conclusions and Prospects
24
The Component Processes
32
Conclusions and Prospects
52
Theory and Its Empirical Content
64
The Ontogeny of Theory
85
Theory Maturity
99
HI Understanding and Diversity of Theory
106
Constraint and Objectivity in Ecological Integration I Overview
151
Societal Constraints on Integration
155
Scientific Objectivity and Changes in Paradigm
156
Integration and Paradigms Affecting the Whole of Ecology
159
Conclusions and Prospects
164
Ecological Understanding and the Public I Overview
166
Scientific versus Public Concepts of Theory
167
The Nature of Scientific Conclusions
169

Changes in Understanding
113
Examples of Fundamental Questions
120
Integration and Synthesis
128
Radical Integration and Paradigms
134
New Fundamental Questions
143
Conclusions and Prospects
146
PART IV
149
The Content of Science in the Public Sphere
173
The State of Public Knowledge of Ecology
177
Rights and Responsibilities in Ecological Understanding
180
What It All Means
184
Literature Cited
187
Index
203
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