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Philosophical Questions of Constituting Ecology as a Scientific Field

(Original title: Filozofické otázky konštituovania ekológie ako vednej oblasti)
Filozofia, 43 (1988), 5, 540-551.
Type of work: Papers - Man, Technology, Nature
Publication language: Slovak

The author’s aim is to take a philosophical stand to the topical problem of constituting ecology by analyzing theorization and ecologization of science where a particularly discussed question of forming ecology from bioecology to various ecological approaches of the present comes up.

The problem of qualitative changes in the immanent development of ecology where the creation of new concepts, alternatively the transformation of special concepts into general scientific ones cannot be denied is very interesting. Such changes prove the constituting of a new general scientific field in which it is the task of philosophy to help determine which concept is no more a general scientific one but a philosophical one. Ecological disciplines should form a new scientific field complexly which requires to build a system of categories of the general scientific type, of medium level, consequently a considerable change of the original categorical apparatus.

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