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A Critique for Ecology

By: RH Peters

366 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 1991 | #11243 | ISBN: 0521395887
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Hardback | Aug 1991 | #11242 | ISBN: 0521400171
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About this book

The author argues that a generation of ecologists have been mistrained and that the science itself contains deep inadequacies and weaknesses. He suggests that a return to simple observations and questions of general relevance to science and society can make ecology a useful, practical and informative science.

'To conclude, despite the hurt feelings this book might engender, it should be read by all ecologists and especially students contemplating a career in ecology. Like it or not Peters scores some good points and we better not ignore them.' Gerard J. Fitzgerald, Ethology, Ecology and Evolution


Contents

1. Crisis in ecology; 2. Criteria; 3. Tautology; 4. Operationalism of terms and concepts; 5. Explanatory science-reduction; 6. Cause and mechanism; 7. Historical explanation and understanding; 8. Weak predictions; 9. Checklist of problems; 10. Putting it together - competition; 11. Predictive ecology.

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