Language, Logic and Method

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Marx W. Wartofsky

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Karel Berka
    Pages 1-73
  3. Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara
    Pages 75-90
  4. J. N. Hattiangadi
    Pages 103-151
  5. Israel Scheffler
    Pages 175-178
  6. Isaac Levi
    Pages 185-188
  7. Isaac Levi
    Pages 189-195
  8. Avishai Margalit, Israel Scheffler
    Pages 197-198
  9. Michael A. Arbib, Ernest G. Manes
    Pages 199-224
  10. Rohit Parikh
    Pages 241-261
  11. Satosi Watanabe
    Pages 283-308
  12. Judson C. Webb
    Pages 309-353
  13. A. A. Zinov’ev
    Pages 355-408
  14. Francesca Rivetti Barbò
    Pages 409-444
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 459-464

About this book


Fundamental problems of the uses of formal techniques and of natural and instrumental practices have been raised again and again these past two decades, in many quarters and from varying viewpoints. We have brought a number of quite basic studies of these issues together in this volume, not linked con­ ceptually nor by any rigorously defined problematic, but rather simply some of the most interesting and even provocative of recent research accomplish­ ments. Most of these papers are derived from the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science during 1973-80, the two exceptions being those of Karel Berka (on scales of measurement) and A. A. Zinov'ev (on a non-tradi­ tional theory of quantifiers). Just how intriguing these results (or conjectures?) seem to us may be seen from some brief quotations: (1) Judson Webb: " . . . . the abstract machine concept has many of the appropriate kinds of properties for modelling living, reproducing, rule­ following, self-reflecting, accident-prone, and lucky creatures . . . the a priori logical results relevant to the abstract machine concept, above all Godel's, could not conceivably have turned out any better for the mechanist. " (2) M. L. Dalla Chiara: " . . . modal interpretation (of quantum logic) shows clearly that it possesses a logical meaning which is quite independent of quantum mechanics. " (3) Isaac Levi: (as against Peirce and Popper) " . . . infallibilism is con­ sistent with corrigibilism, and a view which respects avoidance of error is an important desideratum for science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  • Marx W. Wartofsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7704-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7702-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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