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Pontynen, Arthur
Western culture at the American crossroads : conflicts over the nature of science and reason / Arthur Pontynen, Rod Miller
Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E169.1 .P597 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Civilization
United States -- Intellectual life
Subject(s) Civilization, Western -- History
Science -- United States -- History
Reason -- History
Philosophy, American -- History
Art -- United States -- History
Architecture -- United States -- History
National characteristics, American
Physical Description xiv, 412 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 390-396) and index
Contents Preface: Premises and purposes -- Science and reason in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty -- or power -- The Puritan dilemma -- and ours -- Quantitative vs. qualitative perspectives of science, reason, and culture -- Scientific rationalism and the problem of nature -- Paradigm shifts and transcendent choice -- Qualitative differences among paradigms of science, ethics, and art -- From neoclassicism to romanticism -- Romanticism and knowledge -- From Puritan and romantic to pragmatist -- American pragmatism -- Neither medieval nor modernist scholasticism : American exceptionalism -- The American critics -- Sacred and profane science, reason, and culture -- Conclusion: The perspective of an optimistic ontology
Series American ideals and institutions series
Alternate Author Miller, Rod, 1963-

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