References for Philosophy of Science - Geology:

(Compiled by Valerie Sheedy, Spring 2001)

Ager, Derek (1993) The New Catastrophism: The importance of the rare event in geological history. Cambridge University Press.

Albritton, Claude, C., Jr., ed. (1975) Philosophy of Geohistory. Dowden, Hutchinson, and Ross, Inc., Stroudsburg, PA.

Attfield, Robin, and Belsey, Andrew, eds. (1994) Philosophy and the Natural Environment. Cambridge University Press.

    1. Robin Attfield, "Rehabilitating Nature and Making Nature Habitable", p. 45.

Frodeman, Robert, ed. (2000) Earth Matters: The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and The Claims of the Community. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Kuhn, Thomas S. (1977) The Essential Tension: Selected studies in scientific tradition and change. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Godfrey, Laurie R., ed. (1983) Scientists Confront Creationism. W.W. Norton and Company, New York.

    1. Article #9, David M. Raup, "The Geological and Paleontological Arguments of Creationism", p. 147.
    2. Article #12, Steven D Schafersman, "Fossils, Stratigraphy, and Evolution: Consideration of a Creationist Argument", p. 219.

Gutting, Gary, ed (1980) Paradigms and Revolutions: Appraisals and Applications of Thomas Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science. University of Notre Dame Press, Norte Dame.

    1. Rachel Laudan, "The Recent Revolutions in Geology and Kuhn’s Theory of Scientific Change", p. 284.
    2. - A discussion on whether geology’s shift to plate tectonics theory classifies as Kuhnian.

    3. John C. Greene, "The Kuhnian Paradigm and the Darwinian Revolution in Natural History", p. 297.

- An analysis of Kuhn’s paradigms in the context of Darwin’s discoveries with commentary on evolutionism, creationism, and uniforminarianism.

Hallam, A. (1989) Great Geological Controversies, 2nd ed.. Oxford Scientific Publications.

Owen, David B., ed. (1994) On Knowing – The Natural Sciences. University of Chicago Press.

  1. Richard McKeon, Lecture two, "Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences".

- An excerpt from a text book that discusses kinds of: science, motion, space, and nature; explaining differences within them.

Rappaport, Rhoda (1978; 1980) Borrowed Words: Problems of vocabulary in eighteenth- century geology. Northeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Amers, Mass; 26th International Geological Congress, Paris.

Serres, Michael, ed. (1995) A History of Scientific Thought. Blackwell Publishers.

    1. Geof Bowker, In Defense of Geology: The origins of Lyell’s uniformitarianism, p. 483.

Siu, R.G.H. (1957) The Tao of Science: An essay of western knowledge and eastern wisdom. The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Unknown book – maybe Scientists vs. Creationists?

    1. #12 Martin J. Rudwick, "The Shape and Meaning of Earth History", p. 296.
    1. #13 James R. Moore, "Geologists and Interpreters of Genesis in the Nineteenth Cenutry", p. 322.

- Uses Lyell and Bacon’s theories to debate Nature interprets Genesis vs. Genesis interprets Nature.