© 1995

Mexican Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science

  • Santiago Ramirez
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 172)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. A. Mexican Studies

  3. B. Social Studies

    1. Santiago Ramirez Ruiz
      Pages 49-57
    2. Carlos Pereyra
      Pages 59-70
  4. C. Natural Sciences

  5. D. Mathematics

    1. Carlos Torres
      Pages 151-172
    2. Carlos Alvarez Jimenez
      Pages 173-186
    3. Max Fernandez de Castro
      Pages 187-199
    4. Santiago Ramirez Castañeda
      Pages 201-211
    5. Alejandro R. Garciadiego
      Pages 213-234
    6. Guillermo Zambrana Castañeda
      Pages 235-248
    7. Carlos Torres, Jaime Oscar Falcon Vege
      Pages 249-264
    8. Santiago Ramirez Castañeda
      Pages 265-273
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-291

About this book


For a North American seeking to know the Mexican mind, and especially the sciences today and in their recent development, a great light of genius is to be found in Mexico City in the late 17th century. Tbe genius is that of one who surely may be counted as the first Mexican philosopher of nature, a nun of the Order of Saint Jerome: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Sor Juana must speak for herself, from her penetrating exercise of an independent mind within a political and religious formation which denigrated women and circumscribed reason itself. To understand this world of ours, to join in an enlightenment which would be both natural and inspired, Sor Juana clearly understood the requirements of leaming, observing, logic and reasoning. In darkness foundering Words fail the troubled mind. For who, I ask, can light me When Reason is blind? Even now, after the great steps toward liberation of women, and the substantial scientific contributions toward sheer empirical awareness of both the multiple orders ofNature and the subtle aesthetics ofindividual art and social harmony, we too in the earthly world of the 20th century must affirm what she affirmed.


History of Mathematics Ludwig Wittgenstein Natural Sciences biology logic philosophy of science science

Editors and affiliations

  • Santiago Ramirez
    • 1
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad National Autónoma de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Boston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mexican Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
  • Editors S. Ramirez
    Robert S. Cohen
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3462-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6535-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-0109-4
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 292
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History of Mathematical Sciences
    History, general
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