Origins: Studies in the Sources of Scientific Creativity

Metaphor and Analogy in the Sciences

Editors: Hallyn, F. (Ed.)

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-015-9442-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-6560-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-5559-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

"Science constructs its objects": is this a metaphor? It does not necessarily mean anyway that the real does not pre-exist. Only that in the final instance it is the Other, of which we know neither the limits nor the figure and to which we only have access through the constructions we make of it. Or, in semiotic terms borrowed from Charles S. Peirce, the world is the 'dynamic object' that intervenes in science only through the 'immediate objects' that manifest themselves in signs. And even then the choice of the term 'immediate' is not entirely felicitous: it would be better to talk of 'mediated objects', since their conception is mediated by the conditions from which perception as weIl as the language that expresses it derive. The preference bestowed on certain constructions over others results from the slighter recalcitrance in imagining a dynamic object through one or another mediated object. This recalcitrance that prompts one to surrender constructions does not come directly from the real, from the dynamic object, but from other constructions. Again, this does not mean that reality does not ex ist, but that it only 'speaks', confirms and objects, to the extent that it is being questioned within a certain form, by certain instruments, in a certain language. Even if it appears recalcitrant, the dynamic object intervenes only through another construction. Man, not nature, decides on the form to be considered, the instruments and language to be adopted.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Apparatus as Models of Nature

    Harré, Rom (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Analogical Reasoning in Creative Problem Solving Processes: Logico-Philosophical Perspectives

    Meheus, Joke

    Pages 17-34

  • The Nature of Metaphor and Scientific Description

    Machamer, Peter

    Pages 35-52

  • Atoms and Letters

    Hallyn, Fernand

    Pages 53-69

  • Analogies and Metaphors in Kepler

    Simon, Gérard

    Pages 71-82

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-015-9442-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-6560-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-5559-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Metaphor and Analogy in the Sciences
Editors
  • F. Hallyn
Series Title
Origins: Studies in the Sources of Scientific Creativity
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9442-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9442-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6560-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5559-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 244
Topics