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ERIC Number: ED393706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-15
Pages: 419
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-226-56027-9
On Knowing the Natural Sciences.
McKeon, Richard; And Others
When teaching introductory courses at the University of Chicago, Richard McKeon would often comment that "any problem pushed far enough is philosophic". His point was that philosophizing is not just the technical province of academic professionals but an important aspect of all thoughtful undertakings. The present volume explores the consequences of this idea in the disciplines of the natural sciences, with particular focus on physics. It is based on McKeon's lectures and his expositions of texts during discussions and presents a uniquely detailed record of his educational practice. Focusing on understanding recurring issues in the disciplines and fundamental assumptions present in arguments about those issues, it provides an introduction to philosophy as McKeon conceived of it. This book grew out of the first of a series of three courses McKeon invented and taught at Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. The lectures and discussions included are based on transcriptions of a collection of tape recordings made by an unknown individual or individuals in 1963. The discussions are based on five classic texts in Physics: Plato's "Timaeus," Aristotle's "Physics," Galileo Galilei's "Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences," Henry Crew and Alfonso de Salvio's "Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from his Writings," and J. Clerk Maxwell's "Matter and Motion." (JRH)
University of Chicago Press, 5801 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (paperback: ISBN-0-226-56027-9; clothbound: ISBN-0-226-56026-0).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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