PSA 1972

Proceedings of the 1972 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

  • Kenneth F. Schaffner
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Symposium: Space, Time, and Matter: The Foundations of Geometrodynamics

  3. Philosophical Problems of Biology and Psychology

  4. Symposium: Fundamental Problems in the Concept of Randomness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Wesley C. Salmon
      Pages 101-101
    3. J. Alberto Coffa
      Pages 103-115
    4. Irving John Good
      Pages 117-135
    5. Henry E. Kyburg
      Pages 137-149
  5. Historical Issues in the Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
  6. Philosophical Problems of the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Laird Addis
      Pages 209-216
  7. Symposium: Values, Ideology and Objectivity in the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Michael Scriven
      Pages 219-247
  8. Philosophical Problems of the Physical Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Paul Fitzgerald
      Pages 259-281
  9. Symposium: Modality and the Analysis of Scientific Propositions

  10. Scientific Explanation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 337-347
  11. Truth and Realism in Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Michael Bradie
      Pages 367-373
    3. Henry C. Byerly
      Pages 375-384
  12. Symposium: Discovery, Rationality and Progress in Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Stephen Toulmin
      Pages 387-406
  13. Inductive Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421

About this book


This book contains selected papers from symposia and contributed sessions presented at the third biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, held in Lansing, Michigan, on October 27-29, 1972. We are grateful to Michigan State University, and especially to Professor Peter Asquith and his students and colleagues, for their friendly and efficient hospitality in organizing the circumstances of the sessions and of the 'intersessions', the unscheduled free time which is so important to any scholarly gathering. Several of the symposium papers have unhappily not been made available: those of Alasdair MacIntyre and Sidney Morgenbesser in the session on the social sciences, that of Ian Hacking in the session on randomness and that of Imre Lakatos in the session on discovery and rationality in science. Department of History and KENNETH F. SCHAFFNER Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy and ROBERT S. COHEN History of Science, Boston University TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE v PART I/SYMPOSIUM: SPACE, TIME AND MATTER: THE FOUNDATIONS OF GEOMETRODYNAMICS ADOLF GRUNBAUM / Space, Time, and Matter: The Foundations of Geometrodynamics. Introductory Remarks 3 CHARLES W. MISNER / Some Topics for Philosophical Inquiry Concerning the Theories of Mathematical Geometrodynamics and of Physical Geometrodynamics 7 JOHN STACHEL / The Rise and Fall of Geometrodynamics 31 PART II / PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY STUART KAUFFMAN / Elsasser, Generalized Complementarity, and Finite Classes: A Critique of His Anti-Reductionism 57 WILLIAM C.


Karl R. Popper axiomatization objectivity philosophy of science proposition scientific discovery

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth F. Schaffner
    • 1
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of PittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Center for the Philosophy and History of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0409-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2140-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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