An Intimate Relation

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Presented to Robert E. Butts on his 60th Birthday

  • James Robert Brown
  • Jürgen Mittelstrass

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 116)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. William R. Shea
    Pages 23-42
  3. Margaret Morrison
    Pages 43-64
  4. Thomas M. Lennon
    Pages 81-95
  5. William Harper
    Pages 115-152
  6. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 203-220
  7. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 243-257
  8. Larry Laudan
    Pages 299-317
  9. James Robert Brown
    Pages 343-367
  10. Lorenz Krüger
    Pages 369-390
  11. Vadim Sadovsky
    Pages 391-404
  12. Martin Carrier
    Pages 405-428
  13. Hubert Schleichert
    Pages 441-458
  14. Michael Ruse, Paul Thompson
    Pages 495-512
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 513-523

About this book


The best philosophy of science during the last generation has been highly historical; and the best history of science, highly philosophical. No one has better exemplified this intimate relationship between history and philosophy than has Robert E. Butts in his work. Through­ out his numerous writings, science, its philosophy, and its history have been treated as a seamless web. The result has been a body of work that is sensitive in its conception, ambitious in its scope, and illuminat­ ing in its execution. Not only has his work opened new paths of inquiry, but his enthusiasm for the discipline, his encouragement of others (particularly students and younger colleagues), and his tireless efforts to build an international community of scholars, have stimulated the growth of HPS throughout Europe and North America. Many of the essays in this volume reflect that influence. Our title, of course, is deliberately ambiguous. The essays herein are by colleagues and former students, all of us wishing to honour an intimate friend. Happy Birthday, Bob! IX INTRODUCTION The essays herein cover a variety of concerns: from Descartes to reduction, from Galileo to gambling, from Freud's psychoanalysis to Kant's thing-in-itself. But under this diversity there is an approach common to them all. Things are largely done with a concern for and a sensitivity to historical matters (including contemporary history, of course).


Galileo Galilei history of science philosophy of science realism reduction science

Editors and affiliations

  • James Robert Brown
    • 1
  • Jürgen Mittelstrass
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoCanada
  2. 2.Konstanz UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7546-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2327-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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