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What I Do Not Believe, and Other Essays

  • Matthew D. Lund

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 3-38
    3. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 39-47
    4. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 49-60
  3. History of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 125-145
    3. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 157-169
  4. General Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 173-184
    3. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 185-192
    4. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 193-202
    5. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 203-211
    6. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 213-230
  5. Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 233-238
    3. Norwood Russell Hanson
      Pages 239-248

About this book


Fifty years have passed since Norwood Russell Hanson's unexpected death, yet he remains an important voice in philosophy of science. This book is a revised and expanded edition of a collection of Hanson's essays originally published in 1971, edited by Stephen Toulmin and Harry Woolf. The new volume features a comprehensive introduction by Matthew Lund (Rowan University) and two new essays. The first is "Observation and Explanation: A Guide to Philosophy of Science", originally published as a posthumous book by Harper and Row. This essay, written near the end of Hanson’s life, represents his mature philosophy of science. The second new addition, Hanson's essay "The Trial of Galileo", is something of a "lost" work – it was only published in a small run collection on famous trials and was left out of the published lists of Hanson’s works. Ever the outspoken firebrand, Hanson found many lessons and warnings from Galileo's trial that were relevant to Cold War America.

This volume not only contains Hanson's best-known work in history and philosophy of science, but also highlights the breadth of his philosophical thought. Hanson balanced extreme versatility with a unified approach to conceptual and philosophical problems. Hanson's central insight is that philosophy and science both strive to render the world intelligible -- the various concepts central to our attempts to make sense of the world are interdependent, and cannot operate, or even be fully understood, independently. The essays included in this collection present Hanson's thinking on religious belief, theory, observation, meaning, cosmology, modality, logic, and philosophy of mind. This collection also includes Hanson's lectures on the theory of flight, Hanson's greatest passion.


Philosophy Cosmoloy History Aerodynamics Newtonian Mechanics Philosophy Hanson Religious Belief Copernicus Kant Revolution Theory of Theory-Meaning Theory Flight Philosophy Relation History Science Philosophy Logic Hanson 19th Century Physics Philosophy Leverrier Philosophy Elementary Particle theory philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.(deceased)HAMDENUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew D. Lund
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

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