Using Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism as examples of scientific traditions, Copernicus, Darwin and Freud takes a philosophical look at these three revolutions in thought to illustrate the connections between science and philosophy. Shows how these revolutions in thought lead to philosophical consequences Provides extended case studies of Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism Integrates the history of science and the philosophy of science like no other text Covers both the philosophy of natural and social science in one volume
Friedel Weinert is Professor of Philosophy at Bradford University and a former Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the LSE in London. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, a BA in Sociology, and a BSc in Physics. Dr. Weinert is the editor of Laws of Nature (1995), the author of The Scientist as Philosopher (2004) and chief editor of the forthcoming Compendium of Quantum Physics: Concepts, Experiments, History and Philosophy .
Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. I. Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality. 1. Ptolemy and Copernicus. 2. A Clash of Two Worldviews. 3. The Heliocentric Worldview. 4. Copernicus was not a Scientific Revolutionary. 5. The Transition to Newton. 6. Some Philosophical Lessons. 7. Copernicus and Scientific Revolutions. 8. The Anthropic Principle: A Reversal of the Copernican Turn?. Reading List. Essay Questions. II. Charles Darwin: The Loss of Rational Design . 1. Darwin and Copernicus. 2. Views of Organic Life. 3. Fossil Discoveries. 4. Darwin's Revolution. 5. Philosophical Matters. 6. A Question of Method. Reading List. Essay Questions. III. Sigmund Freud: The Loss of Transparency . 1. Copernicus, Darwin and Freud. 2. Some Views of Humankind. 3. Scientism and the Freudian Model of Personality. 4. The Social Sciences beyond Freud. 5. Evolution and the Social Sciences. 6. Freud and Revolutions in Thought. Reading List. Essay Questions. Name Index. Subject Index