Ecological understanding - The nature of theory and the theory of nature (2nd edition)
Steward Pickett, Jurek Kolasa, Clive Jones
This widely anticipated revision of the groundbreaking book, Ecological Understanding,
updates this crucial sourcebook of contemporary philosophical insights for practicing ecologists
and graduate students in ecology and environmental studies. The second edition contains new
ecological examples, an expanded array of conceptual diagrams and illustrations, new text boxes
summarizing important points or defining key terms, and new reference to philosophical issues and
controversies. Although the first edition was recognized for its clarity, this revision takes the opportunity
to make the exposition of complex topics still clearer to readers without a philosophical background.
Hardcover 248 pp ISBN 9780125545228
Readers will gain an understanding of the goals of science, the structure of theory, the kinds
of theory relevant to ecology, the way that theory changes, what constitutes objectivity in contemporary science,
and the role of paradigms and frameworks for synthesis within ecology and in integration with other disciplines.
Finally, how theory can inform
and anchor the public use of ecological knowledge in civic debates is laid out.
This new edition refines the understanding of how the structure and change of theory can improve
the growth and application of one of the 21st century's key sciences.
Of interest to researchers, faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates actively engaged
in ecological research. This book is especially appropriate for advanced ecology seminar courses
and should appeal to any ecologist.
Part I: Advancing the Discipline and Enhancing
- Integration in Ecology
- Understanding in Ecology
Part II: The Nature of Theory
- The Ontogeny of Theory
- The Taxonomy of Theory
Part III: From Theory to Integration and Application
- Fundamental Questions:Changes in Understanding
- Integration and Synthesis
Part IV: Theory and Its Environment
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