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TitleBoston Studies in the Philosophy of Science [electronic resource] : Proceedings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science 1966/1968 / edited by Robert S. Cohen, Marx W. Wartofsky
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1969
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Descript 496 p. online resource


In this fifth volume of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, we have gathered papers about the logic and methods of the natural sciences. Along with the individual pieces, there are several which have originated as commentaries but are now supplementary contributions: those by Stachel and Putnam. Grlinbaum's long essay developed from a paper first suggested for our Colloquium some years ago, and we are glad of the occasion to publish it here. Several of the papers were not first presented to our Colloquium but they are the work of friends and scholars who have contributed to our discussions along similar lines. We are grateful to them for allowing us to publish their papers: L Bernard Cohen, Hilary Putnam, Mihailo Markovic. And we are also grateful to C. F. von Weizsacker for his paper, recently presented to the Boston philosophical and scientific community as a lecture at M. LT. With these few exceptions, the fifth volume presents work which was partially supported by a grant from the U. S. National Science Foundation to Boston University. Such support will conclude with the fourth volume of philosophical studies of psychology, the social sciences, history, and the inter-relationships of the sciences with ethics and metaphysics. Unimportant circumstances made it necessary to publish that fourth volume after this fifth volume, and perhaps this will mildly suggest that neither science nor the philosophy of science needs to be constrained by orthodoxy of procedure


Reply to Hilary Putnamโ{128}{153}s โ{128}{152}An Examination of Grรผnbaumโ{128}{153}s Philosophy of Geometryโ{128}{153} -- Causality Requirements and the Theory of Relativity -- Comments on โ{128}{152}Causality Requirements and the Theory of Relativityโ{128}{153} -- Matter, Space and Logic -- Is Logic Empirical? -- On the Philosophical Significance of the Correspondence Argument -- On Distinguishing Types of Measurement -- Hypotheses in Newtonโ{128}{153}s Philosophy -- The Role of Models in Theoretical Physics -- The Problem of Truth -- Symmetry in Physics -- Verification or Proof โ{128}{148} An Undecided Issue? -- Ernst Machโ{128}{153}s Biological Theory of Knowledge -- Theories and Hypotheses in Biology: Theoretical Entities and Functional Explanation -- Comments on โ{128}{152}Theories and Hypotheses in Biologyโ{128}{153} -- Comments: Theoretical Entities Versus Theories -- The Unity of Physics -- Supplementary Comments to Weizsรคckerโ{128}{153}s Paper

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