© 1973

Method, Model and Matter


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. Mario Bunge
      Pages 1-23
  3. Scientific Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 27-43
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 44-66
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 67-87
  4. Conceptual Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 91-113
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 114-130
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 131-142
  5. Metaphysics

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 186-196

About this book


This collection of essays deals with three clusters of problems in the philo­ sophy of science: scientific method, conceptual models, and ontological underpinnings. The disjointedness of topics is more apparent than real, since the whole book is concerned with the scientific knowledge of fact. Now, the aim of factual knowledge is the conceptual grasping of being, and this understanding is provided by theories of whatever there may be. If the theories are testable and specific, such as a theory of a particular chemical reaction, then they are often called 'theoretical models' and clas­ sed as scientific. If the theories are extremely general, like a theory of syn­ thesis and dissociation without any reference to a particular kind of stuff, then they may be called 'metaphysical' - as well as 'scientific' if they are consonant with science. Between these two extremes there is a whole gamut of kinds of factual theories. Thus the entire spectrum should be dominated by the scientific method, quite irrespective of the subject matter. This is the leitmotiv of the present book. The introductory chapter, on method in the philosophy of science, tackles the question 'Why don't scientists listen to their philosophers?'.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Method, Model and Matter
  • Authors 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 978-90-277-0252-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-2521-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2519-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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