Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences

Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos

  • Melanie Frappier
  • Derek Brown
  • Robert DiSalle

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Perception, Language, and Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Michael Dummett
      Pages 21-30
    3. Mark Wilson
      Pages 57-73
  3. Foundations of Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Crispin Wright
      Pages 117-133
    3. Michael Hallett
      Pages 135-162
  4. Foundations of Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Hilary Putnam
      Pages 179-189
    3. Jeffrey Bub
      Pages 219-233
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-267

About this book


The essays in this volume concern the points of intersection between analytic philosophy and the philosophy of the exact sciences. More precisely, it concern connections between knowledge in mathematics and the exact sciences, on the one hand, and the conceptual foundations of knowledge in general. Its guiding idea is that, in contemporary philosophy of science, there are profound problems of theoretical interpretation-- problems that transcend both the methodological concerns of general philosophy of science, and the technical concerns of philosophers of particular sciences. A fruitful approach to these problems combines the study of scientific detail with the kind of conceptual analysis that is characteristic of the modern analytic tradition. Such an approach is shared by these contributors: some primarily known as analytic philosophers, some as philosophers of science, but all deeply aware that the problems of analysis and interpretation link these fields together.


Analytic Philosophy Philosophy of Lanuage Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Physics Philosophy of Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Melanie Frappier
    • 1
  • Derek Brown
    • 2
  • Robert DiSalle
    • 3
  1. 1., History of Science and Technology PrograUniversity of King's CollegeHalifaxCanada
  2. 2., PhilosophyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada
  3. 3., PhilosophyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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