Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines0226429784, 9780226429786

Author : Stephen H. Kellert
"""Description:This is an interesting book, but both its ambitions and its accomplishments are of a much narrower scope then being ""a book about everything,"" as another reviewer put it. Mostly, it's a book about interdisciplinary metaphors, and the philosophical foundations of a case for such metaphors' being useful. However, I'm not sure if the metaphor in its title is entirely successful. The book's jumping-off point is the late-20th Century fad for ""chaos theory."" Although today most physicists don't recognize it as a distinct ""theory,"" economists, lawyers and literature scholars, among others, were all to happy to suck it into their own academic papers. Some academics, especially some physical scientists, attack this kind of poaching as illegitimate. Stephen Kellert (SK), who is, as he often reminds the reader, a ""disciplinary pluralist,"" sets out in this book to explore the factors that might legitimate such borrowings, and to consider criteria for judging when some borrowings are more justifed or successful than others. SK approaches these tasks with the patience, and at times the fussiness, of an academic philosopher. Even though some fields -- e.g. rhetoric and linguistics (and esp. the subculture of the latter that calls itself ""critical discourse analysis"") -- set themselves tasks similar to SK's, he usually manages to be both broader and more even-tempered. For example, he has some interesting things to say about how facts and values are different but not always entirely distinct
Categories: Physics Mechanics: Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Year :2008
Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Language : English
N° Of Pages : 303
File Info : pdf 981 Kb