© 1983


Its Concepts, Theories and Problems


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

  1. 1.Institute for Philosophy and SociologyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesCzechoslovakia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Measurement
  • Book Subtitle Its Concepts, Theories and Problems
  • Authors Karel Berka
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1416-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-7830-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-7828-7
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in Czech
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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