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Collected Papers on Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and History of Philosophy

Volume II

  • Wolfgang Stegmüller

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 91)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 1-25
  3. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 26-43
  4. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 137-149
  5. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 150-176
  6. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 177-202
  7. Wolfgang Stegmüller
    Pages 203-240
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 278-294

About this book

Introduction

These two volumes contain all of my articles published between 1956 and 1975 which might be of interest to readers in the English-speaking world. The first three essays in Vol. 1 deal with historical themes. In each case I have attempted a rational reconstruction which, as far as possible, meets con­ temporary standards of exactness. In The Problem of Universals Then and Now some ideas of W.V. Quine and N. Goodman are used to create a modem sketch of the history of the debate on universals beginning with Plato and ending with Hao Wang's System :E. The second article concerns Kant's Philosophy of Science. By analyzing his position vis-a-vis I. Newton, Christian Wolff, and D. Hume, it is shown that for Kant the very notion of empirical knowledge was beset with a funda­ mental logical difficulty. In his metaphysics of experience Kant offered a solution differing from all prior as well as subsequent attempts aimed at the problem of establishing a scientific theory. The last of the three historical papers utilizes some concepts of modem logic to give a precise account of Wittgenstein's so-called Picture Theory of Meaning. E. Stenius' interpretation of this theory is taken as an intuitive starting point while an intensional variant of Tarski's concept of a relational system furnishes a technical instrument. The concepts of model world and of logical space, together with those of homomorphism and isomorphism be­ tween model worlds and between logical spaces, form the conceptual basis of the reconstruction.

Keywords

David Hume Karl R. Popper Rudolf Carnap epistemology logic philosophy of science probability

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Stegmüller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-1132-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1134-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1132-7
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