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Coordination of Space and Unity of Science

Liu, Chuang (2000) Coordination of Space and Unity of Science. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    In this essay, I explore a metaphor in geometry for the debate between the unity and the disunity of science, namely, the possibility of putting a global coordinate system (or a chart) on a manifold. I explain why the former is a good metaphor that shows what it means (and takes in principle) for science to be unified. I then go through some of the existing literature on the unity/disunity debate and show how the metaphor sheds light on some of the views and arguments.

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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: geometry, unification, disunity of science, foundationalism, pluralism, reduction
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Chuang Liu
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 388
    Public Domain: No

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