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Concept Formation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 144)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Methods of Concept Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tadeusz Pawlowski
      Pages 23-54
    3. Tadeusz Pawlowski
      Pages 55-73
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Aesthetics and Art Theory

      1. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 77-90
      2. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 91-111
      3. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 112-143
      4. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 144-161
      5. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 162-177
    3. Social Sciences

      1. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 181-196
      2. Tadeusz Pawlowski
        Pages 197-203
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-236

About this book


Uniqueness of style versus plurality of styles: in terms of these aesthetic categories one of the most important differences between the recent past and the present can be described. This difference manifests itself in all spheres of life - in fashion, in everyday life, in the arts, in science. What is of interest for my purposes in this book are its manifestations in the processes of con­ cept formation as they occur in the humanities, broadly conceived. Here the following methodological approaches seem to dominate the scene. 1. A tendency to apply semiotic concepts in various fields of research. 2. Attempts to introduce metrical concepts and measurement, even into disciplines tra­ ditionally considered as unamenable to mathematical treatment, like aesthetics and theory of art. 3. Efforts to fmd ways of formulating empirically testable, operational criteria for the application of concepts, especially concepts which refer to objects directly not observable, like dispositions, attitudes, character or personality traits. Care is also taken to take advantage of the conceptual apparatus of methodology to express problems in the humanities with the highest possible degree of clarity and precision. 4. Analysis of the p~rsuasive function oflanguage and its possible uses in science and in everyday life. The above tendencies are present in this book. It is divided into two parts: I. Methods of Concept Formation, and II. Applications. In the first part some general methods of concept formation are presented and their merits discussed.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of LodzPoland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Concept Formation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Authors T. Pawlowski
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1096-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9021-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9019-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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