This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.
This term literally means the study of (Greek logos) knowledge or science (Greek episteme), it is concerned with how humans think, so that it has become known as the theory of knowledge. Humans need to understand how knowledge is acquired and how concepts are developed. It has developed as a core area of philosophy concerned with the nature, origins and limits of knowledge. It has been employed in the environmental sciences as they severally became concerned with closure (the limits which separate different academic disciplines), with objectives and methods of approach for academic subjects. In the 1960s as the environmental sciences became more aware of different scientific approaches, there was a greater awareness of the way in which epistemology focuses on the means for acquiring ...