© 1992


Reflections by Archaeologists and Philosophers

  • Lester Embree

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 147)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introductory Essay

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lester Embree
      Pages 3-50
  3. Archaeology

  4. Philosophy of Archaeology

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-343

About this book


An idea of the philosophy of archaeology can best be gained by showing what it is, what the issues are, who is working in the field, and how they proceed. Reading Lester Embree's Metaarchaeology provides the best possible introduction to the field, since in it several leading archaeologists show how accessible and interesting the current archeological literature is, and currently active philosophers of archaeology reveal something of the current state of discussion on the subject. Bibliographies have also been developed of the philosophy of archaeology as well as of selected parts of the component that can be called metaarchaeology. Finally, an historical introduction has been included to show the variety of metascientific as well as orientational standpoints that philosophers of archaeology have had recourse to for over two decades, followed by speculation about the future of the discipline within the philosophy of science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lester Embree
    • 1
  1. 1.College for Advanced Research in PhenomenologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Metaarchaeology
  • Book Subtitle Reflections by Archaeologists and Philosophers
  • Editors Lester Embree
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-2023-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-4806-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-1826-2
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 343
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    History, general
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