Collected Papers on Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and History of Philosophy

Volume II

  • Wolfgang Stegmüller

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 91)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 1-25
  3. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 26-43
  4. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 137-149
  5. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 150-176
  6. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 177-202
  7. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 203-240
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 278-294

About this book


These two volumes contain all of my articles published between 1956 and 1975 which might be of interest to readers in the English-speaking world. The first three essays in Vol. 1 deal with historical themes. In each case I have attempted a rational reconstruction which, as far as possible, meets con­ temporary standards of exactness. In The Problem of Universals Then and Now some ideas of W.V. Quine and N. Goodman are used to create a modem sketch of the history of the debate on universals beginning with Plato and ending with Hao Wang's System :E. The second article concerns Kant's Philosophy of Science. By analyzing his position vis-a-vis I. Newton, Christian Wolff, and D. Hume, it is shown that for Kant the very notion of empirical knowledge was beset with a funda­ mental logical difficulty. In his metaphysics of experience Kant offered a solution differing from all prior as well as subsequent attempts aimed at the problem of establishing a scientific theory. The last of the three historical papers utilizes some concepts of modem logic to give a precise account of Wittgenstein's so-called Picture Theory of Meaning. E. Stenius' interpretation of this theory is taken as an intuitive starting point while an intensional variant of Tarski's concept of a relational system furnishes a technical instrument. The concepts of model world and of logical space, together with those of homomorphism and isomorphism be­ tween model worlds and between logical spaces, form the conceptual basis of the reconstruction.


David Hume Karl R. Popper Rudolf Carnap epistemology logic philosophy of science probability

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Stegmüller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MunichGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1134-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1132-7
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