Science, philosophy and physical geography / Rob Inkpen
- Inkpen, Robert, 1964-
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
- Physical Description:
- ix, 164 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
- IDEAS, CHANGE AND STABILITY IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY: What are ideas and how do they change? -- Is there a history of ideas in physical geography? -- What are the important concepts in physical geography? -- THE NATURE OF REALITY: What is reality? -- Views of different philosophies -- Case Study: critical rationalism - an example from environmental reconstruction -- Reality as a dialogue -- Theory, reality and practice -- Case study: Myths and theories -- Physical geography as historical science -- ENTITIES AND CLASSIFICATION: What are entities? -- Entities and kinds -- Case study: species as natural kinds -- Case study: magnitude and frequency - entities out of context -- Classification -- Case study: classification of soils -- FORMS OF EXPLANATION: Explanation in physical geography -- What is explanation? -- Causality -- Case study: necessary and sufficient conditions -- Explanatory frameworks -- Case study: general and token-type landslides -- PROBING REALITY: Probing and the dialogue with reality -- Measurement systems -- Case study: multiple working hypotheses -- Case study: triangulation of techniques - measurement of surface form on rocks -- Practice in physical geography -- Case study: linking process and form - intensive study of bedforms -- Case study: probing reality - fluvial flow structures -- computer simulation of reality -- SYSTEMS: THE FRAMEWORK FOR PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY?: Systems analysis in physical geography -- Application of systems thinking -- Systems and change -- Case study: systems and landscape sensitivity -- CHANGE AND COMPLEXITY: Equilibrium: an ex-concept? -- Chaos and complexity: more of the same? -- Emergence and hierarchies: scale revisited? -- Case study: Complexity and change - landscape evolution and organization -- PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND SOCIETIES: Paradigms and social networks -- Social construction and physical geography? -- Ethics in physical geography: reflection required? -- Physical and human geography: division or integration?
- 0415279534 (hbk : alk. paper) and 0415279542 (pbk : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -156) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- UP-EMS copy: Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 20045.
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