Studies in the Methodology and Foundations of Science

Selected Papers from 1951 to 1969

  • PatrickĀ Suppes

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Methodology: Models and Measurement

  3. Methodology: Probability and Utility

  4. Foundations of Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-193
    2. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 212-226
    3. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 227-242
  5. Foundations of Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-260
    2. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 294-311
    3. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 371-393
    4. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 394-410
    5. Patrick Suppes
      Pages 411-444
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 445-475

About this book


The twenty-three papers collected in tbis volume represent an important part of my published work up to the date of this volume. I have not arranged the paper chronologically, but under four main headings. Part I contains five papers on methodology concerned with models and measurement in the sciences. This part also contains the first paper I published, 'A Set of Independent Axioms for Extensive Quantities', in Portugaliae Mathematica in 1951. Part 11 also is concerned with methodology and ineludes six papers on probability and utility. It is not always easy to separate papers on probability and utility from papers on measurement, because of the elose connection between the two subjects, but Artieles 6 and 8, even though they have elose relations to measurement, seem more properly to belong in Part 11, because they are concerned with substantive questions about probability and utility. The last two parts are concerned with the foundations of physics and the foundations of psychology. I have used the term foundations rather than philosophy, because the papers are mainly concerned with specific axiomatic formulations for particular parts of physics or of psychology, and it seems to me that the termfoundations more appropriately describes such constructive axiomatic ventures. Part 111 contains four papers on the foundations of physics. The first paper deals with foundations of special relativity and the last three with the role ofprobability in quantum mechanics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • PatrickĀ Suppes
    • 1
  1. 1.StanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8320-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3173-7
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