Thinking from things essays in the philosophy of archaeology

As it transpires I will still encourage students to read the essays as exemplars of clear and creative thinking. There is an introductory essay that is a fine introduction to the essays, but it is by no means a balanced or extensive introduction to the philosophy of archaeology.

Thinking from things essays in the philosophy of archaeology

In summary, the goal of this dissertation is to provide concrete examples of how a study of problems central to archaeology can provide philosophers of science a new way to approach philosophical issues. To this end we owe Wylie a debt of gratitude. These discussions comprising Part Two focus on what might now be seen as historical matters, but this is an error.

Thinking from things : essays in the philosophy of archaeology

You are not currently authenticated. This book is for anyone who wants to understand contemporary archaeological theory, how it came to be as it is, its relationship with other disciplines, and its prospects for the future. Many of these papers are to be found in mainstream venues—Wylie is no philosopher from the margins.

Review of ‘Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology’ by Alison Wylie

Reviews "No other work in this field covers the history of important conceptual issues in archaeology in such a deep and knowledgable way, bringing both philosophical and archeological sophistication to bear on all of the issues treated.

Wylie was never alone in this, with Merrilee Salmon, Jim Bell, Charles Morgan and others pushing a diversity of philosophical agendas from Bayesian probabilistic logic through to good old-fashioned positivism.

Given the truly parlous state of contemporary theoretical archaeology, exploring the intellectual boundaries of this period of explosive creativity can act to restore confidence in our capacity to achieve more than vapid posturing.

Rather than record static facts as historians, archaeologists wanted to study fluid processes as scientists. Very few philosophers or indeed archaeologists who are well-versed in philosophical argument have worked in the more esoteric but foundational fields of ontology and phenomenology -which has developed into a major problem for the future of archaeological theory.

As both groups continue to ask similar questions about the nature of science, this project posits that both archaeologists and philosophers of science have much to gain by resuming their original dialogue. As a transdisciplinary science, archaeology puts an interesting spin on standard philosophical problems.

In these papers Wylie sought to assist archaeologists to find freedom from ill-understood philosophical dogmas, and outmoded understandings of the role of data and theory in science. Although all players have tended to focus their attention on epistemology not surprising given all the heat about science, objectivity, relativism and authority Wylie has branched out further than most into more explicit discussions about empowering the marginal women, indigenes in science, and issues more directly linked with traditional discussions of ethics in philosophy.

Thinking from Things is an interesting collection, but if it had been a book-length reflection by Wylie of her understanding of the great and important themes she explores, then there would be a more compelling reason for its existence.

What is new in this volume? My bibliography The Philosophy of Archaeology: Notwithstanding this fact there should be little doubt that archaeology has derived much value from the limited philosophical discussions that have taken place.The Society for American Archaeology and the Philosophy of Science Association both launched their society journals in American AntiquityandPhilosophy of Science.¹ In the ensuing fifty years these societies witnessed substantial change in the identity of the disciplines they represent, and in both cases this has involved internal debates that.

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Format Book Published Berkeley: University of California Press, c Description xviii, p. ; 26 cm. Thinking From Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology, University of California Press, Berkeley CA, (September ). UCPress | Abstract Critical Traditions in Contemporary Archaeology: Essays in the Philosophy, History and Socio-Politics of Archaeology, co-edited with Valerie Pinsky, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology Made by Alison Wylie In this long-awaited compendium of new and newly revised essays, Alison Wylie explores how archaeologists know what they know.

In this long-awaited compendium of new and newly revised essays, Alison Wylie explores how archaeologists know what they know. Examining the history and methodology of Anglo-American archaeology, Wylie puts the tumultuous debates of the last thirty years in historical and philosophical perspective.

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