The Methodological Unity of Science

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November 1973



The present volume collects some of the talks given at the Bertrand Russell Colloquium on Exact Philosophy, attached to the McGill University Foundations and Philosophy of Science Unit. It also includes a paper, on Bertrand Russell's method of philosophizing, read at the memorial symposium held at Sir Gorge Williams University shortly after the philosopher's death. All the papers appear here for the first time. Unlike many a philosophy of science anthology, this one is not center­ ed on the philosophy of physics. In fact the papers deal with conceptual and, in particular, philosophical problems that pop up in almost every one of the provinces of the vast territory constituted by the foundations, meth­ odology and philosophy of science. A couple of border territories which are in the process of being infiltrated have been added for good measure. The inclusion of papers in the philosophy of formal science and in the philosophies of physics and of biology, in a volume belonging to a series devoted to the philosophy and methodology of the social and behavioral sciences, should raise no eyebrows. Because the sciences of man make use of logic and mathematics, they are interested in questions such as whether the formal sciences have anything to do with reality (rather than with our theories about reality) and whether or not logic has kept up with the practice of mathematicians. These two problems are tackled in Part II, on the philosophy of formal science.


I: Introduction.- Bertrand Russell's regulae philosophandi.- II: Formal Science.- Mathematics and Ontology.- Gaps Between Logical Theory and Mathematical Practice.- III: Physics.- Relativity and Covariance.- IV: Biology.- Preliminary Remarks on the Organ-Function Relation.- The Logical Status of the Theory of Natural Selection and Other Evolutionary Controversies.- V: Psychology.- On Confusing 'Measure' with 'Measurement' in the Methodology of Behavioral Science.- Theoretical Concepts in Neobehavioristic Theories.- VI: Political Science.- Voting Rules and Coordination Problems.- VII: Historiography.- Historical Time and a New Conception of the Historical Sciences.- VIII: Ethics.- Some Problems of Ought-Utilitarianism, Valuation, and Deontic Logic.- IX: Metaphysics.- Human Freedom and 1568 Versions of Determinism and Indeterminism.
EAN: 9789027704047
ISBN: 902770404X
Untertitel: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1973. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1973
Seitenanzahl: 278 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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