© 1992

The Scientific Enterprise

The Bar-Hillel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Volume 4

  • Editors
  • Edna Ullmann-Margalit

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 146)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Eighteenth-Century Science and Radical Social Theory: The Case of Joseph Priestley’s Scientific Liberalism

  3. Science, Politics, and the New Science of Politics A Comment

  4. Critical Reactions to the Occult Sciences During the Renaissance

  5. Critical Reactions to the Occult A Comment

    1. Rivka Feldhay
      Pages 93-99
  6. Works of the Imagination

    1. Martin Warnke
      Pages 101-116
  7. Works of the Imagination A Comment

    1. Moshe Barasch
      Pages 117-121
  8. Wittgenstein, Following a Rule, and Scientific Psychology

  9. How to Outsmart the Rules A Comment

    1. Avishai Margalit
      Pages 139-144
  10. Why Does Physics Need Mathematics?

    1. Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond
      Pages 145-161
  11. Why Does Physics Need Mathematics? A Comment

    1. Itamar Pitowsky
      Pages 163-167
  12. Analysis and Its Paradoxes

    1. Felicia Ackerman
      Pages 169-178
  13. Explanation and Practical Reason

    1. Charles Taylor
      Pages 179-201
  14. Symposium “The Other Newton” The Theological and Alchemical Writings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. B. J. T. Dobbs
      Pages 205-222
    3. Richard S. Westfall
      Pages 223-239
    4. Richard H. Popkin
      Pages 241-259
  15. Symposium Niels Bohr Centennial

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


The volume before us is the fourth in the series of proceedings of what used to be the Israel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science. This Colloquium has in the meantime been renamed. It now bears the name of Yehoshua Bar-Hillel (1915-1975). Bar-Hillel was an eminent philosopher of science, language, and cognition, as well as a fearless fighter for enlightenment and a passionate teacher who had a durable influence on Israeli philosophical life. The essays collected in this volume have of course this much in common, that they are all in, of, and pertaining to science. They also share the property of having all been delivered before live, and often lively, audiences in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, in the years 1984-1986. As is customary in the volumes of this series, the essays and commentaries presented here are intended to strike a rather special balance between the disciplines to which the Colloquium is dedicated. The historical and sociological vantage point is addressed in Kramnick's and Mali's treatment of Priestley, in Vickers' and Feldhay's studies of the Renaissance occult, and in Warnke's and Barasch's work on the imagination. From a philosophical angle several concepts, all material to the methodology of science, are taken up: rule following, by Smart and Margalit; analysis, by Ackerman; explanation, by Taylor; and the role of mathematics in physics, by Levy-Leblond and Pitowsky.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Scientific Enterprise
  • Book Subtitle The Bar-Hillel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Volume 4
  • Editors Edna Ullmann-Margalit
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1992-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5190-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2688-5
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pragmatism
    History, general
    Philosophy of Technology
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