© 1987

Reason and Being

  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Carolyn R. Fawcett
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 3-28
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 31-46
    3. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 47-66
    4. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 67-108
    5. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 109-147
    6. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 148-177
    7. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 178-210
    8. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 239-275
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 279-297
    3. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 298-324
    4. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 358-394
  5. Afterword

    1. B. G. Kuznetsov
      Pages 395-426
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 427-444

About this book


Boris Kuznetsov was a scientist among humanists, a philosopher among scientists, a historian for those who look to the future, an optimist in an age of sadness. He was steeped in classical European culture, from earliest times to the latest avant-garde, and he roamed through the ages, an inveterate time-traveller, chatting and arguing with Aristotle and Descartes, Heine and Dante, among many others. Kuznetsov was also, in his intelligent and thoughtful way, a Marxist scholar and a practical engineer, a patriotic Russian Jew of the first sixty years of the Soviet Union. Above all he meditated upon the revolutionary developments of the natural sciences, throughout history to be sure but particularly in his own time, the time of what he called 'non-classical science', and of his beloved and noblest hero, Albert Einstein. Kuznetsov was born in Dnepropetrovsk on October 5, 1903 (then Yekaterinoslav). By early years he had begun to teach, first in 1921 at an institute of mining engineering and then at other technological institutions. By 1933 he had received a scientific post within the Academy of Science of the U. S. S. R. , and then at the end of the Second World War he joined several colleagues at the new Institute of the History of Science and Technology. For more than 40 years he worked there until his death two years ago.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reason and Being
  • Authors Boris G. Kuznetsov
  • Editors Carolyn R. Fawcett
    Robert S. Cohen
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2181-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8539-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-4590-6
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 444
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in Russian
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
    Political Philosophy
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`...the editors deserve warm thanks for making one of Kuznetsov's most important books available to readers of English in a form worthy of its substance.'
ISIS, Vol. 79, No. 1, 1988