© 1973

Exact Philosophy

Problems, Tools, and Goals

  • Mario Bunge

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hugues Leblanc
      Pages 3-20
    3. Brian F. Chellas
      Pages 21-27
  3. Semantics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Lars Svenonius
      Pages 31-50
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 51-62
  4. Erotetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Nuel D. Belnap Jr.
      Pages 65-80
  5. Philosophy Of Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. William S. Hatcher
      Pages 83-92
    3. Charles Castonguay
      Pages 93-100
  6. Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Raimo Tuomela
      Pages 103-126
  7. Metaphysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Peter Kirschenmann
      Pages 129-148
  8. Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Bas C. Van Fraassen
      Pages 151-172
    3. Harry Beatty
      Pages 173-178
  9. Legal Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179

About this book


The papers that follow were read and discussed at the first Symposium on Exact Philosophy. This conference was held at Montreal on November 4th and 5th, 1971, to celebrate the sesquicentennial of McGill University and establish the Society for Exact Philosophy. The expression 'exact philosophy' is taken to signify mathematical phi­ losophy, i.e., philosophy done with the explicit help of mathematical logic and mathematics. So far the expression denotes an attitude rather than a fully blown discipline: it intends to convey the intention to try and pro­ ceed in as exact a manner as we can in formulating and discussing phi­ losophical problems and theories. The kind of philosophy we wish to practice and promote is disciplined rather than wild, systematic rather than disconnected, and capable of being argued over rather than oracular. We believe that even metaphysics, notoriously riotous, can be subjected to the control of logic and mathematics. Even the history of philosophy, notoriously unsystematic, can benefit from an exact reconstruction of some classical ideas.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exact Philosophy
  • Book Subtitle Problems, Tools, and Goals
  • Editors M. Bunge
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0251-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-2518-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2516-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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