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ERIC Number: EJ851970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Toward a Postmodern Paleontology?
Copeland, Peter; Parsons, Keith
Academic Questions, v17 n2 p6-17 Mar 2004
University of Chicago literary critic W.J.T. Mitchell claims that his contribution to the cultural interpretation and hermeneutic understanding of dinosaurs is every bit as valuable as archeological discoveries. Indeed, he holds that, because of his new way of looking at dinosaurs, the title "scientist" should aptly apply to him, too. Paleontologists Peter Copeland and Keith Parsons politely disagree. Given Professor Mitchell's rejection of the idea that science can determine the truth about natural objects, they note that it seems impossible for him to understand science in anything "but" a new way. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Language: English
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