A Portrait of Twenty-five Years

Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science 1960–1985

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Marx W. Wartofsky

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Herbert Marcuse
    Pages 19-30
  3. Nelson Goodman
    Pages 52-57
  4. Stephen Toulmin
    Pages 58-74
  5. Hilary Putnam
    Pages 75-100
  6. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 101-120
  7. Ernan McMullin
    Pages 121-132
  8. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 177-197
  9. Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 198-205
  10. P. L. Kapitza
    Pages 206-208
  11. P. L. Kapitza
    Pages 209-214
  12. Carl G. Hempel
    Pages 277-304
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 318-327

About this book


The Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science began 2S years ago as an interdisciplinary, interuniversity collaboration of friends and colleagues in philosophy, logic, the natural sciences and the social sciences, psychology, religious studies, arts and literature, and often the celebrated man-in-the­ street. Boston University came to be the home base. Within a few years, pro­ ceedings were seen to be candidates for publication, first suggested by Gerald Holton for the journal Synthese within the Synthese Library, both from the D. Reidel Publishing Company of Dordrecht, then and now in Boston and Lancaster too. Our colloquium was inheritor of the Institute for the Unity of Science, itself the American transplant of the Vienna Circle, and we were repeatedly honored by encouragement and participation of the Institute's central figure, Philipp Frank. The proceedings were selected, edited, revised in the light of the discussions at our colloquia, and then other volumes were added which were derived from other symposia, in Boston or elsewhere. A friendly autonomy, in­ dependent of the Synthese Library proper, existed for more than a decade and then the Boston Studies became fully separate. We were grateful to Jaakko Hintikka for his continued encouragement within that Library. The series Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science was conceived in the broadest framework of interdisciplinary and international concerns. Natural scientists, mathematicians, social scientists and philosophers have contributed to the series, as have historians and sociologists of science, linguists, psychologists, physicians, and literary critics.    


historical epistemology objectivity philosophy of science scientific practice scientific revolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  • Marx W. Wartofsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Baruch CollegeThe City University of New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1971-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5345-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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