Its Concepts, Theories and Problems

  • Karel┬áBerka

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Karel Berka
    Pages 1-13
  3. Karel Berka
    Pages 14-34
  4. Karel Berka
    Pages 35-82
  5. Karel Berka
    Pages 83-100
  6. Karel Berka
    Pages 101-111
  7. Karel Berka
    Pages 112-157
  8. Karel Berka
    Pages 158-177
  9. Karel Berka
    Pages 178-204
  10. Karel Berka
    Pages 205-217
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 218-250

About this book


For many years, Karel Berka has worked at some of the central problems of the theory of the sciences. At once a logician, a mathematician, a careful student of the physical sciences and the social sciences, and a sharp but sympathetic critic of the major philosophies of science in this century, Berka brings to this treatise on measurement both his technical mastery and his historical sensitivity. We appreciate his careful analysis of his predecessors, notably Helmholtz, Campbell, Holder, Bridgman, Camap, Hempel, and Stevens, and of his contemporaries such as Brian Ellis and also Patrick Suppes and J. L. Zinnes. The issues to be clarified are familiar but still troubling: how to justify the conceptual transition from classification to a metric; how to explore ways to provide a quantitative understanding of a qualitative concept; indeed how to understand, and thereby control, the Galilean enthusiasm "to measure what is measurable and to try to render measurable what is not so as yet".


axiomatization physical sciences science

Authors and affiliations

  • Karel┬áBerka
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Philosophy and SociologyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesCzechoslovakia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7830-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7828-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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