Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Value / Edition 2

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Russell's classic examination of the relation between individual experience and the general body of scientific knowledge. It is a rigorous examination of the problems of an empiricist epistemology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415083027
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/24/1994
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. I The World of Science
I Individual and Social Knowledge 17
II The Universe of Astronomy 23
III The World of Physics 29
IV Biological Evolution 43
V The Physiology of Sensation and Volition 51
VI The Science of Mind 57
Pt. II Language
I The Uses of Language 71
II Ostensive Definition 78
III Proper Names 87
IV Egocentric Particulars 100
V Suspended Reactions: Knowledge and Belief 109
VI Sentences 119
VII External Reference of Ideas and Beliefs 123
VIII Truth: Elementary Forms 127
IX Logical Words and Falsehood 136
X General Knowledge 146
XI Fact, Belief, Truth, and Knowledge 159
Pt. III Science and Perception
I Knowledge of Facts and Knowledge of Laws 180
II Solipsism 191
III Probable Inference in Common-sense Practice 198
IV Physics and Experience 211
V Time in Experience 226
VI Space in Psychology 233
VII Mind and Matter 240
Pt. IV Scientific Concepts
I Interpretation 251
II Minimum Vocabularies 259
III Structure 267
IV Structure and Minimum Vocabularies 274
V Time, Public and Private 284
VI Space in Classical Physics 295
VII Space-Time 305
VIII The Principle of Individuation 310
IX Causal Laws 326
X Space-time and Causality 337
Pt. V Probability
I Kinds of Probability 356
II Mathematical Probability 362
III The Finite-Frequency Theory 368
IV The Mises-Reichenbach Theory 380
V Keynes's Theory of Probability 390
VI Degrees of Credibility 398
VII Probability and Induction 418
Pt. VI Postulates of Scientific Inference
I Kinds of Knowledge 439
II The Role of Induction 451
III The Postulate of Natural Kinds 456
IV Knowledge Transcending Experience 463
V Causal Lines 471
VI Structure and Causal Laws 479
VII Interaction 494
VIII Analogy 501
IX Summary of Postulates 506
X The Limits of Empiricism 516
Index 528
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