Methodological and Historical Essays in the Natural and Social Sciences

  • Editors
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Marx W. Wartofsky

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 1-20
  3. Ernan McMullin
    Pages 21-32
  4. Philip L. Quinn
    Pages 33-56
  5. Michael Polanyi
    Pages 57-71
  6. W. A. Suchting
    Pages 73-90
  7. J. E. Mcguire
    Pages 119-159
  8. Dudley Shapere
    Pages 161-171
  9. Fred Sommers
    Pages 235-252
  10. Ernest Sosa
    Pages 253-256
  11. Gottlob Frege
    Pages 257-276
  12. Richard Popkin
    Pages 339-360
  13. Jindřich Zelený
    Pages 361-375
  14. Quentin Lauer
    Pages 377-396
  15. Władysław Krajewski
    Pages 397-405
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 406-410

About this book


Modem philosophy of science has turned out to be a Pandora's box. Once opened, the puzzling monsters appeared: not only was the neat structure of classical physics radically changed, but a variety of broader questions were let loose, bearing on the nature of scientific inquiry and of human knowledge in general. Philosophy of science could not help becoming epistemological and historical, and could no longer avoid metaphysical questions, even when these were posed in disguise. Once the identification of scientific methodology with that of physics had been queried, not only did biology and psychology come under scrutiny as major modes of scientific inquiry, but so too did history and the social sciences - particularly economics, sociology and anthropology. And now, new 'monsters' are emerging - for example, medicine and political science as disciplined inquiries. This raises anew a much older question, namely whether the conception of science is to be distinguished from a wider conception of learning and inquiry? Or is science to be more deeply understood as the most adequate form of learning and inquiry, whose methods reach every domain of rational thought? Is modern science matured reason, or is it simply one historically adapted and limited species of western reason? In our colloquia at Boston University, over the past fourteen years, we have been probing and testing the scope of philosophy of science.


Karl R. Popper education evolution natural science nature philosophy of science

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0378-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2128-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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