© 2017

Rethinking Knowledge

The Heuristic View

  • Presents a new approach to philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of mathematics

  • Addresses the question of the increasing irrelevance of philosophy

  • Revives the view that philosophy can still be fruitful


Part of the European Studies in Philosophy of Science book series (ESPS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Carlo Cellucci
    Pages 1-8
  3. The Nature of Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 11-29
    3. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 31-39
    4. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 41-52
    5. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 53-62
  4. The Nature of Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 65-81
    3. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 83-92
    4. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 93-106
    5. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 107-118
    6. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 119-130
  5. The Methods to Acquire Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 133-148
    3. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 149-172
    4. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 173-186
    5. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 187-198
    6. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 199-211
    7. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 213-220

About this book


This monograph addresses the question of the increasing irrelevance of philosophy, which has seen scientists as well as philosophers concluding that philosophy is dead and has dissolved into the sciences. It seeks to answer the question of whether or not philosophy can still be fruitful and what kind of philosophy can be such.

The author argues that from its very beginning philosophy has focused on knowledge and methods for acquiring knowledge. This view, however, has generally been abandoned in the last century with the belief that, unlike the sciences, philosophy makes no observations or experiments and requires only thought. Thus, in order for philosophy to once again be relevant, it needs to return to its roots and focus on knowledge as well as methods for acquiring knowledge.

Accordingly, this book deals with several questions about knowledge that are essential to this view of philosophy, including mathematical knowledge. Coverage examines such issues as the nature of knowledge; plausibility and common sense; knowledge as problem solving; modeling scientific knowledge; mathematical objects, definitions, diagrams; mathematics and reality; and more.

This monograph presents a new approach to philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of mathematics. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers with interests in the role of knowledge, the analytic method, models of science, and mathematics and reality.


Role of Knowledge Knowledge and Reality Knowledge and Discovery Analytic Method Analytic-Synthetic Method Axiomatic Method Models of Science Mathematical Objects Mathematical Explanations Mathematics and Reality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

About the authors

Carlo Cellucci is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His recent publications include the book Rethinking Logic: Logic in Relation to Mathematics, Evolution, and Method, Springer 2013, and the papers “Top-Down and Bottom-Up Philosophy of Mathematics”, “Philosophy of Mathematics: Making a Fresh Start”, “Why Should the Logic of Discovery be Revived”, “Does Logic Slowly Pass Away, or Has It a Future?”,  “Rethinking Knowledge”, “Is There a Scientific Method? The Analytic Model of Science”, “Theory Building as Problem Solving”.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rethinking Knowledge
  • Book Subtitle The Heuristic View
  • Authors Carlo Cellucci
  • Series Title European Studies in Philosophy of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title European Studies in Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-53236-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85099-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-53237-0
  • Series ISSN 2365-4228
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-4236
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 427
  • Number of Illustrations 34 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Science
  • Buy this book on publisher's site