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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Freedom and Rationality

Essays in Honor of John Watkins From his Colleagues and Friends

Editors: D'Agostino, F., Jarvie, Ian (Eds.)

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x philosophy when he inaugurated a debate about the principle of methodologi­ cal individualism, a debate which continues to this day, and which has inspired a literature as great as any in contemporary philosophy. Few collections of material in the general area of philosophy of social science would be considered complete unless they contained at least one of Watkins's many contributions to the discussion of this issue. In 1957 Watkins published the flrst of a series of three papers (1957b, 1958d and 196Oa) in which he tried to codify and rehabilitate metaphysics within the Popperian philosophy, placing it somewhere between the analytic and the empirical. He thus signalled the emergence of an important implica­ tion of Popper's thought that had not to that point been stressed by Sir Karl himself, and which marked off his followers from the antimetaphysical ideas of the regnant logical positivists. In 1965 years of work in political philosophy and in the history of philosophy in the seventeenth century were brought to fruition in Watkins's widely cited and admired Hobbes's System of Ideas (1965a, second edition 1973d). This book is an important contribution not just to our understanding of Hobbes's political thinking, but, perhaps more importantly, to our understanding of the way in which a system of ideas is constituted and applied. Watkins built on earlier work in developing an account of Hobbes's ideas in which was revealed and clarifled the unity of Hobbes's metaphysical, epistemological and political ideas.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Freedom and Rationality
Book Subtitle
Essays in Honor of John Watkins From his Colleagues and Friends
Editors
  • F. D'Agostino
  • Ian Jarvie
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
117
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-2380-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-2380-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0264-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7571-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 388
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