Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Scientific Enterprise

The Bar-Hillel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Volume 4

Editors: Ullmann-Margalit, Edna (Ed.)

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The volume before us is the fourth in the series of proceedings of what used to be the Israel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science. This Colloquium has in the meantime been renamed. It now bears the name of Yehoshua Bar-Hillel (1915-1975). Bar-Hillel was an eminent philosopher of science, language, and cognition, as well as a fearless fighter for enlightenment and a passionate teacher who had a durable influence on Israeli philosophical life. The essays collected in this volume have of course this much in common, that they are all in, of, and pertaining to science. They also share the property of having all been delivered before live, and often lively, audiences in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, in the years 1984-1986. As is customary in the volumes of this series, the essays and commentaries presented here are intended to strike a rather special balance between the disciplines to which the Colloquium is dedicated. The historical and sociological vantage point is addressed in Kramnick's and Mali's treatment of Priestley, in Vickers' and Feldhay's studies of the Renaissance occult, and in Warnke's and Barasch's work on the imagination. From a philosophical angle several concepts, all material to the methodology of science, are taken up: rule following, by Smart and Margalit; analysis, by Ackerman; explanation, by Taylor; and the role of mathematics in physics, by Levy-Leblond and Pitowsky.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Eighteenth-Century Science and Radical Social Theory: The Case of Joseph Priestley’s Scientific Liberalism

    Kramnick, Isaac

    Pages 1-31

  • Science, Politics, and the New Science of Politics A Comment

    Mali, Joseph

    Pages 33-41

  • Critical Reactions to the Occult Sciences During the Renaissance

    Vickers, Brian

    Pages 43-92

  • Critical Reactions to the Occult A Comment

    Feldhay, Rivka

    Pages 93-99

  • Works of the Imagination

    Warnke, Martin

    Pages 101-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Scientific Enterprise
Book Subtitle
The Bar-Hillel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Volume 4
Editors
  • Edna Ullmann-Margalit
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
146
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2688-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2688-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5190-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 302
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