© 2001

The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge

A view from the limit


Part of the Trends in Logic book series (TREN, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Philosophy of Convergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 15-36
    3. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 37-54
    4. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 55-67
  4. Modal Operator Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 71-86
    3. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 87-98
    4. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 99-109
    5. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 111-130
    6. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 131-172
    7. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 173-183
    8. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 185-198
    9. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 199-216
    10. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 217-241
    11. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 243-266
    12. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 267-278
  5. Convergence in Sum

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 281-304

About this book


This is this, this ain't something else, this is this -Robert De Niro, Deerhunter his book may to some extent be viewed as the continuation of my T Doctoral thesis Epistemology, Methodology and Reliability. The dissertation was, first of all, a methodological study of the reliable performance of the AGM-axioms (Alchourr6n, Gardenfors and Makin­ son) of belief revision. Second of all the dissertation included the first steps toward an epistemology for the limiting convergence of knowledge for scientific inquiry methods of both discovery and assessment. The idea of methodological reliability as a desirable property of a scientific method was introduced to me while I was a visiting Ph. D. -student at the Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University in Pitts­ burgh, Pennsylvania, USA in 1995-96. Here I became acquainted with formal learning theory. Learning theory provides a variety of formal tools for investigating a number of important issues within epistemology, methodology and the philosophy of science. Especially with respect to the problem of induc­ tion, but not exclusively. The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge-a view from the limit utilizes a few concepts from formal learning theory to study problems in modal logic and epistemology. It should be duely noted that this book has virtually nothing to do with formal learning theory or inductive learning problems.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Science StudiesUniversity of RoskildeDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge
  • Book Subtitle A view from the limit
  • Authors Vincent F. Hendricks
  • Series Title Trends in Logic
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6929-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5691-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9676-3
  • Series ISSN 1572-6126
  • Series E-ISSN 2212-7313
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXVII, 367
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Science
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


Referee's comment: `This book will be a rewarding reading for everybody who is interested in logical aspects of scientific knowledge acquisition. The presentation of the issues discussed in the book is exemplary. ...I hardly could mention another book in which various philosophical viewpoints on the nature of scientific inquiry are discussed in such a consistent but at the same time instructive and accurate way. ...I am quite sure that Hendricks' approach to the problems he studies is of considerable interest for anybody who is interested in forming a good theoretical model of growth of science.'