Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Methodology, Metaphysics and the History of Science

In Memory of Benjamin Nelson

Editors: Cohen, Robert S., Wartofsky, Marx W. (Eds.)

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This selection of papers that were presented (or nearly so!) to the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science during the seventies fairly re­ presents some of the most disturbing issues of scientific knowledge in these years. To the distant observer, it may seem that the defense of rational standards, objective reference, methodical self-correction, even the distin­ guishing of the foolish from the sensible and the truth-seeking from the ideological, has nearly collapsed. In fact, the defense may be seen to have shifted; the knowledge business came under scrutiny decades ago and, indeed, from the time of Francis Bacon and even far earlier, the practicality of the discovery of knowledge was either hailed or lamented. So the defense may be founded on the premise that science may yet be liberating. In that case, the analysis of philosophical issues expands to embrace issues of social interest and social function, of instrumentality and arbitrary perspective, of biological constraints (upon knowledge as well as upon the species-wide behavior of human beings in other relationships too), of distortions due to explanatory metaphors and imposed categories, and of radical comparisons among the perspectives of different civilizations. Some of our contributors are frankly programmatic, showing how problems must be formulated afresh, how evasions must be identified and omissions rectified, but they do not reach their own completion.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Scientific Realism and Incommensurability: Some Criticisms of Kuhn and Feyerabend

    Pages 1-31

    Burian, Professor Richard M.

  • How To Be A Good Philosopher Of Science: A Plea For Empiricism In Matters Methodological

    Pages 33-42

    Martin, Professor Michael

  • Feedback, Selection, and Function: A Reductionistic Account of Goal-Orientation

    Pages 43-135

    Faber, Professor Roger J.

  • Philosophy of Science 2001

    Pages 137-147

    Feyerabend, Prof. Paul K.

  • The Dethroning of the Philosophy of Science: Ideological and Technical Functions of the Metasciences

    Pages 149-171

    Halfmann, Professor Jost

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Methodology, Metaphysics and the History of Science
Book Subtitle
In Memory of Benjamin Nelson
Editors
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Marx W. Wartofsky
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
84
Copyright
1984
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-6331-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-6331-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1711-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-009-6333-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 373
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