© 1979

Transcendental Arguments and Science

Essays in Epistemology

  • Peter Bieri
  • Rolf-P. Horstmann
  • Lorenz Krüger

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Structure and Function of Transcendental Arguments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan Bennett
      Pages 45-64
    3. Günther Patzig
      Pages 71-75
    4. Wolfgang Carl
      Pages 105-112
    5. Dieter Henrich
      Pages 113-120
  3. The Conceptual Foundations of Science

About this book


The goal of the present volume is to discuss the notion of a 'conceptual framework' or 'conceptual scheme', which has been dominating much work in the analysis and justification of knowledge in recent years. More specifi­ cally, this volume is designed to clarify the contrast between two competing approaches in the area of problems indicated by this notion: On the one hand, we have the conviction, underlying much present-day work in the philosophy of science, that the best we can hope for in the justifi­ cation of empirical knowledge is to reconstruct the conceptual means actually employed by science, and to develop suitable models for analyzing conceptual change involved in the progress of science. This view involves the assumption that we should stop taking foundational questions of epistemology seriously and discard once and for all the quest for uncontrovertible truth. The result­ ing program of justifying epistemic claims by subsequently describing patterns of inferentially connected concepts as they are at work in actual science is closely connected with the idea of naturalizing epistemology, with concep­ tual relativism, and with a pragmatic interpretation of knowledge. On the other hand, recent epistemology tends to claim that no subsequent reconstruction of actually employed conceptual frameworks is sufficient for providing epistemic justification for our beliefs about the world. This second claim tries to resist the naturalistic and pragmatic approach to epistemology and insists on taking the epistemological sceptic seriously.


Immanuel Kant epistemology experience reason scepticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Bieri
    • 1
  • Rolf-P. Horstmann
    • 2
  • Lorenz Krüger
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophisches Seminarder Universität HeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Abteilung Philosophieder Universität BielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transcendental Arguments and Science
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Epistemology
  • Editors P. Bieri
    Lorenz Krüger
    R.-P. Horstmann
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0963-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0964-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9410-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Metaphysics
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