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Pragmatic Idealism and Scientific Prediction

A Philosophical System and Its Approach to Prediction in Science

  • Amanda Guillán

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. General Coordinates, Semantic Features, and Logical Components of Scientific Prediction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda Guillán
      Pages 67-97
  3. Predictive Knowledge and Predictive Processes in Rescher’s Methodological Pragmatism

  4. From Reality to Values: Ontological Features, Axiological Elements, and Ethical Aspects of Scientific Prediction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Amanda Guillán
      Pages 219-250
    3. Amanda Guillán
      Pages 251-284
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 325-336

About this book

Introduction

This monograph analyzes Nicholas Rescher’s system of pragmatic idealism. It also looks at his approach to prediction in science. Coverage highlights a prominent contribution to a central topic in the philosophy and methodology of science. 

The author offers a full characterization of Rescher’s system of philosophy. She presents readers with a comprehensive philosophico-methodological analysis of this important work. Her research takes into account different thematic realms: semantic, logical, epistemological, methodological, ontological, axiological, and ethical.

The book features three, thematic-parts: I) General Coordinates, Semantic Features and Logical Components of Scientific Prediction; II) Predictive Knowledge and Predictive Processes in Rescher’s Methodological Pragmatism; and III) From Reality to Values: Ontological Features, Axiological Elements, and Ethical Aspects of Scientific Prediction.

This insightful analysis offers a critical reconstruction of Rescher’s philosophy. The system he created is often characterized as pragmatic idealism that is open to some realist elements. He is a prominent representative of contemporary pragmatism who has made a great deal of contributions to the study of this topic. This area is crucial for science and it has been little considered in the philosophy of science. 

Keywords

Complexity and Scientific Prediction Limits to Predictability in Science Methodological Pragmatism Nicholas Rescher’s Philosophy Pragmatic Idealism Prescription in Applied Sciences methodology of science philosophico-methodological analysis pragmatic idealism realist Ethics Scientific Prediction Axiology Rescher Ontology Rescher Predictive knowledge Rescher Predictive process Rescher Rescher Methodological Pragmatism Rescher pragmatic idealism Rescher scientific prediction Rescher ethics Rescher epistemology Rescher antology

Authors and affiliations

  • Amanda Guillán
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of A CoruñaFerrolSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63043-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63042-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63043-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-4228
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-4236
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