Can There Be A Philosophy of Archaeology?: Processual Archaeology and the Philosophy of Science

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Lexington Books, Aug 24, 2006 - Philosophy - 160 pages
Can There Be a Philosophy of Archaeology? provides a historical and philosophical analysis of the rise and fall of the philosophical movement know as logical positivism, focusing on the effect of that movement on the budding science of archaeology. Significant problems resulted from the grafting of logical positivism onto what became known as processual, or new archaeology, and as a result of this failure, archaeologists distanced themselves from philosophers of science, believing that archaeology would be best served by a return to the dirt. By means of a thorough analysis of the real reasons for failures of logical empiricism and the new archaeology, as well as a series of archaeological case studies, Krieger shows the need for the resumption of dialogue and collaboration between the two groups. In an age where philosophers of science are just beginning to look beyond the standard examples of scientific practice, this book demonstrates that archaeological science can hold its own with other sciences and will be of interest to archaeologists and philosophers of science alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Logical Positivism and Scientific Explanation
5
The New Archaeology
31
The New Archaeologys New Archaeologists
47
Philosophy and Archaeology PostPositivism
69
Philosophical Problems Archaeological
99
Future Studies Archaeological Explanation and the Philosophy of Science
121
Bibliography
133
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William H. Krieger serves as a field director for Tell el Far'ah South excavation in Southern Israel, and is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Rhode Island.

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