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Pragmatic Idealism and Scientific Prediction

A Philosophical System and Its Approach to Prediction in Science

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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

  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of A CoruñaFerrolSpain

About the authors

Amanda Guillán is a member of the research group of “The Philosophy and Methodology of the Sciences of the Artificial” at the University of A Coruña. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Pittsburgh for several months in the years 2014 and 2015, where she worked with Nicholas Rescher. Her main research interests lie in the philosophy and methodology of science; especially, in issues related to scientific prediction as well as prescription in applied sciences, mainly focused on the sciences of design.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatic Idealism and Scientific Prediction
  • Book Subtitle A Philosophical System and Its Approach to Prediction in Science
  • Authors Amanda Guillán
  • Series Title European Studies in Philosophy of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title European Studies in Philosophy of Science
  • 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 Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-63042-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87461-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-63043-4
  • Series ISSN 2365-4228
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-4236
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Research Methodology
    Pragmatism
    Research Ethics
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