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Historical Pragmatics : Philosophical Essays - Robert E. Butts

Historical Pragmatics

Philosophical Essays

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1993
ISBN: 9780792324980
Number Of Pages: 370

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For 35 years, the critical and creative writings of Robert E. Butts have been a notable and welcome part of European and North American philosophy. A few years ago, James Robert Brown and Jiirgen Mittelstrass feted Professor Butts with a volume entitled An Intimate Relation (Boston Studies vol. 116, 1989), essays by twenty-six philosophers and historians of the sciences. And that joining of philosophers and historians was impressive evidence of the 'intimate relation' between historical illumination and philosophical understanding which is characteristic of Butts throughout his work. Not alone, Butts has been, and is, one of this generation's most incisive thinkers, devoted to responsible textual scholarship and equally responsible imaginative interpretation. Brown and Mittelstrass said that "throughout his writings, science, its philosophy, and its history have been treated as a seamless web", and I would add only that philosophy per se is a part of the web too. Here in this book before us are the results, a lovely collection from the work of Robert Butts, who is for so many of his colleagues, students and readers, Mr. HPS, the model philosophical historian and historical philosopher of the sciences. July 1993 Robert S. Cohen Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University TABLE OF CONTENTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE IX INTRODUCTION Xl PART I EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 1 1. Some tactics in Galileo's propaganda for the mathematization of scientific experience 3 2.

Bibliographical Note
Early Modern Philosophy of Sciencep. 1
Some tactics in Galileo's propaganda for the mathematization of scientific experiencep. 3
Leibniz on choosing between rival scientific hypothesesp. 33
Pragmatic Episode 1p. 53
Philosophers as professional relativistsp. 55
Kant's Philosophy of Sciencep. 65
Kant's schemata as semantical rulesp. 67
The methodological structure of Kant's metaphysics of sciencep. 79
Teleology and scientific method in Kant's Critique of Judgmentp. 115
The grammar of reason: Hamann's challenge to Kantp. 133
Pragmatic Episode 2p. 169
Metaphysics, methodology and the pragmatic unity of the sciencesp. 171
Whewell and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Sciencep. 187
Necessary truth in Whewell's theory of sciencep. 189
Whewell's logic of inductionp. 235
Consilience of inductions and the problem of conceptual change in sciencep. 269
Whewell on Newton's rules of philosophizingp. 293
'A purely scientific temper': Victorian expressions of the ideal of an autonomous sciencep. 313
Bibliography of Works Citedp. 339
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 353
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ISBN: 9780792324980
ISBN-10: 0792324986
Series: Developments in Hydrobiology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 30th September 1993
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.72