Freedom and Rationality

Essays in Honor of John Watkins From his Colleagues and Friends

  • Fred D’Agostino
  • I. C. Jarvie

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 117)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Studies in the History and Methodology of Social and Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph Agassi
      Pages 3-21
    3. J. J. C. Smart
      Pages 35-46
    4. Gregory Currie
      Pages 47-65
    5. David-Hillel Ruben
      Pages 67-85
    6. Noretta Koertge
      Pages 111-124
    7. Ernest Gellner
      Pages 125-140
  3. Studies in the History and Methodology of the Natural Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Paul Feyerabend
      Pages 185-189
    3. J. N. Hattiangadi
      Pages 191-205
    4. W. W. Bartley III
      Pages 207-223
    5. Fred D’Agostino
      Pages 247-256
    6. Alan Musgrave
      Pages 297-323
    7. Graham Oddie
      Pages 343-368
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 369-388

About this book


x philosophy when he inaugurated a debate about the principle of methodologi­ cal individualism, a debate which continues to this day, and which has inspired a literature as great as any in contemporary philosophy. Few collections of material in the general area of philosophy of social science would be considered complete unless they contained at least one of Watkins's many contributions to the discussion of this issue. In 1957 Watkins published the flrst of a series of three papers (1957b, 1958d and 196Oa) in which he tried to codify and rehabilitate metaphysics within the Popperian philosophy, placing it somewhere between the analytic and the empirical. He thus signalled the emergence of an important implica­ tion of Popper's thought that had not to that point been stressed by Sir Karl himself, and which marked off his followers from the antimetaphysical ideas of the regnant logical positivists. In 1965 years of work in political philosophy and in the history of philosophy in the seventeenth century were brought to fruition in Watkins's widely cited and admired Hobbes's System of Ideas (1965a, second edition 1973d). This book is an important contribution not just to our understanding of Hobbes's political thinking, but, perhaps more importantly, to our understanding of the way in which a system of ideas is constituted and applied. Watkins built on earlier work in developing an account of Hobbes's ideas in which was revealed and clarifled the unity of Hobbes's metaphysical, epistemological and political ideas.


Karl R. Popper liberty logic political philosophy political theory science

Editors and affiliations

  • Fred D’Agostino
    • 1
  • I. C. Jarvie
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7571-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2380-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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