Introduction; 1. Asymmetries; 2. The colors of the dinosaurs; 3. Manipulation matters; 4. Paleontology's chimeras; 5. Novel predictions in historical science; 6. Making prehistory: could the past be socially constructed?; 7. The natural historical attitude; 8. Snowball Earth in the balance; Conclusion.
In this book, Derek Turner relates the scientific realism debate to the study of prehistory.
"I, at least, have been woken from my dogmatic slumbers by Derek Turner's rich and provocative book Making Prehistory: Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate...it is an outstanding book on scientific realism -- one that pushes the debate into hitherto uncharted territories." --Stathis Psillos, University of Athens, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews