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Februar 2006



Epistemetrics is not as yet a scholarly discipline. With regard to scientific information there is the discipline of scientometrics. Science, however, does not have a monopoly on knowledge. While scientometrics is a centerpiece of epistemetrics, it is not the whole of it. Nicholas Reschers endeavor to quantify knowledge is not only of interest in itself, but is also instructive in bringing into sharper relief the nature of the limits that confront our efforts to advance the frontiers of knowledge.


1. Asking for more than truth: Duhem's law of cognitive complementarity; 2. Kant's conception of knowledge as systemized information; 3. Spencer's law of cognitive development; 4. Gibbon's Law of logarithmic returns; 5. Adams's thesis on exponential growth; 6. Quality retardation; 7. How much can be known? A Leibnizian perspective on the quantitative discrepancy between linguistic truth and objective fact; 8. On the limits of knowledge: a Kantian perspective on cognitive finitude.


Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is also Co-Chair of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He has received fellowships from the Ford, Guggenheim and National Science Foundations. Author of over one hundred books ranging over many areas of philosophy, he is the recipient of six honorary degrees from universities on three continents and was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984.


"This book covers a wide span of issues in epistemology and encapsulates complex debates with lucidity. It lives up to its goal of organizing research in contemporary theory of knowledge into a 'single systematic whole.'"
EAN: 9780521861205
ISBN: 0521861209
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 112 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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