Critical Rationalism, Metaphysics and Science

Essays for Joseph Agassi Volume I

  • I. C. Jarvie
  • Nathaniel Laor

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 161)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Metaphysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul K. Feyerabend
      Pages 3-14
    3. Ben-Ami Scharfstein
      Pages 15-27
    4. Abner Shimony
      Pages 29-32
    5. John Watkins
      Pages 33-39
  3. Logic, Reasoning, and Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Michael Segre
      Pages 133-142
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 149-168
    4. Maurice A. Finocchiaro
      Pages 169-191
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-266

About this book


I suppose Joseph Agassi's best and dearest self-description, his cher­ ished wish, is to practice what his 1988 book promises: The Gentle Art of Philosophical Polemics. But for me, and for so many who know him, our Agassi is tough-minded, not tender, not so gentle. True to his beloved critical thinking, he is ever the falsificationist, testing himself of course as much as everyone else. How, he asks himself, can he engage others in their own self-critical exploration? Irritate? Question their logic, their facts, their presuppositions, their rationales? Subvert their reasoning, uncover their motives? Help them to lose their balance, but always help them, make them do it to, and for, themselves. Out of their own mouths, and minds, and imagination. A unique teacher, in classroom and out; not for everyone. Agassi is not quite a tight textual Talmudist disputant, not quite the competitor in the marketplace of ideas offered for persuasive sale, not quite the clever cross-examining lawyer advocate, not quite a philosopher-scientist, not a sceptic more than necessary, not quite embat­ tled in the bloody world but not ever above the battle either . . . but a good deal of all of these, and steeped in intelligence and good will.


Karl R. Popper Philosophy of Science Rational Choice logic metaphysics reason science

Editors and affiliations

  • I. C. Jarvie
    • 1
  • Nathaniel Laor
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv UniversityIsrael
  3. 3.Child Study CenterYale UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4211-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0471-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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