Zygmunt Zawirski: His Life and Work

With Selected Writings on Time, Logic and the Methodology of Science

  • Authors
  • Irena Szumilewicz-Lachman
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A Historico-Critical Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 3-7
    3. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 15-18
    4. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 19-32
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 79-80
  3. Zygmunt Za Wirski: Selected Writings on Time, Logic & the Methodology of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 83-111
    3. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 112-168
    4. Robert S. Cohen
      Pages 169-189
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 369-374
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 375-384

About this book


Among the extraordinary Polish philosophers of the past one hundred years, Zygmunt Zawirski deserves to be given particular attention for his fusion of analytic and historical scholarship. Strikingly versatile, and con­ tributing original work in all his fields of competence, Zawirski thought through issues in the philosophical aspects of relativity theory, on the claims of intuitionalistic foundations of mathematics, on the nature and usefulness of many-value Logics, and on the calculus of probability, on the axiomatic method in science and in the philosophy of science, on the genesis and development of scientific and philosophical concepts, and in his crowning achievement, the conceptual history of notions of time. His work has been too little known in English despite the respect which has been so clearly shown by his Polish COlleagues and students. In this generous selection from his papers and from his great critical study L' Evolution de la Notion du Temps, Dr. Irena Szumilewicz-Lachman has provided a clear account of Zawirski's achievement; and she has written a fine comprehensive introductory essay which provides both the personal and historical context of his work and a systematic survey of his principal publications.


history logic mechanics philosophy philosophy of science quantum mechanics science

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4329-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0768-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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