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When maps become the world / Rasmus Gr√łnfeldt Winther.

Author/creator Winther, Rasmus author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Copyright Notice ©2020
Descriptionxvi, 318 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction: Why Maps? -- Part I: Philosophy. Theory is to world as map is to territory ; From abstraction to ontologizing ; Long live contextual objectivity! ; Projecting maps into our worlds -- Part II. Science. Mapping space -- Mapping ourselves -- Mapping genetics -- Map thinking science and philosophy.
Abstract "When Maps Become the World explores how scientific theories, models, and concepts used to represent and intervene in the world function as maps, and the consequences of this, both good and bad. Maps are not the territory they describe but abstractions from it, or models of it. By preserving certain features of the modeled world at the expense of distorting others, scientific abstractions can be useful within a set scope and for particular purposes. Maps not only summarize, organize, and clarify, they also often disclose new, previously unnoticed facts. In this book Rasmus Winther examines the properties, promises, and limits of scientific knowledge and practice through a philosophical analysis of scientific maps. Because, he argues, they should always be considered fallible and limited, he teaches his readers to use analytic tools to resist "when maps become the world.""-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2019046233
ISBN9780226669670 hardcover
ISBN022666967X hardcover
ISBN9780226674728 paperback
ISBN022667472X paperback
ISBNelectronic book

Available Items

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Joyner General Stacks GA102.3 .W56 2020 ✔ Available Place Hold