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Title Biology as society, society as biology : metaphors / edited by Sabine Maasen, Everett Mendelsohn, and Peter Weingart
Published Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, [1995]


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Description vi, 356 pages ; 23 cm
Series Sociology of the sciences ; v. 18
Sociology of the sciences ; v. 18
Contents Introduction: Metaphors: Is There a Bridge over Troubled Waters? / Sabine Maasen, Everett Mendelsohn and Peter Weingart -- Who is Afraid of Metaphors?
Summary The disciplines of biology and the social sciences share common roots in history and yet have drifted apart so much that the demarcation line between them has become a contested boundary. The boundary between the 'natural' and the 'social' is shifting permanently. Moves in either direction are subject to ideological rhetoric. Yet there is continual exchange across the lines: Metaphors are moving freely between biology and the social sciences. As messengers of meaning they become agents of change, for ever undermining any attempt of fixing similarities and differences. This collection of papers offers a unique look at the function of metaphors in mediating between two disciplinary cultures which represent and mold our views about nature and society, and the boundary between them. This book is of interest to professionals and students from history, philosophy and sociology of science, biology, and literary science alike
Analysis Sociobiology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Human biology -- Philosophy.
Human evolution -- Philosophy.
Author Maasen, Sabine, 1960-
Mendelsohn, Everett.
Weingart, Peter.
LC no. 94036251
ISBN 0792331745