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Philosophy and Climate Science

Philosophy and Climate Science

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  • Publication planned for: June 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316646922

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  • There continues to be a vigorous public debate in our society about the status of climate science. Much of the skepticism voiced in this debate suffers from a lack of understanding of how the science works -- in particular the complex interdisciplinary scientific modeling activities such as those which are at the heart of climate science. In this book Eric Winsberg shows clearly and accessibly how philosophy of science can contribute to our understanding of climate science, and how it can also shape climate policy debates and provide a starting point for research. Covering a wide range of topics including the nature of scientific data, modeling, and simulation, his book provides a detailed guide for those willing to look beyond ideological proclamations, and enriches our understanding of how climate science relates to important concepts such as chaos, unpredictability and the extent of what we know.

    • Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the philosophy of climate science
    • Advances our understanding of how philosophy can contribute to debates in climate science
    • Offers useful case studies and suggestions for further reading.
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    • Publication planned for: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316646922
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    List of Boxes
    1. Introduction
    2. Data
    3. Models
    4. Simulations
    5. Chaos
    6. Probability
    7. Confidence
    8. Decision
    9. Values
    10. Skill
    11. Robustness
    12. Diversity
    13. Social Epistemology
    14. Epilogue
    Appendix: Structural Stability and the “Hawkmoth Effect”
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Eric Winsberg, University of South Florida
    Eric Winsberg is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida.  He is the author of Science in the Age of Computer Simulation (2010) and has published in a number of philosophy journals including Philosophy of Science, the Journal of Philosophy, the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, and Synthese.

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