Science, Explanation, and Rationality: Aspects of the Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel

Science, Explanation, and Rationality: Aspects of the Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel

by James H. Fetzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195121376

ISBN-13: 9780195121377

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Carl G. Hempel exerted greater influence upon philosophers of science than any other figure during the 20th century. In this far-reaching collection, distinguished philosophers contribute valuable studies that illuminate and clarify the central problems to which Hempel was devoted. The essays enhance our understanding of the development of logical empiricism as the

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Carl G. Hempel exerted greater influence upon philosophers of science than any other figure during the 20th century. In this far-reaching collection, distinguished philosophers contribute valuable studies that illuminate and clarify the central problems to which Hempel was devoted. The essays enhance our understanding of the development of logical empiricism as the major intellectual influence for scientifically-oriented philosophers and philosophically-minded scientists of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121377
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Editor's Introduction
Prologue: An Intellectual Autobiography: Carl G. Hempel3
Pt. IScientific Reasoning
1Hempel and the Vienna Circle39
2Hempel's Logicist Philosophy of Mathematics: Background and Sequel65
Pt. IIProbability and Induction
3Probable Inference versus Probable Conclusions77
4Hempel on the Problem of Induction91
Pt. IIIThe Covering-Law Models
5The Paradoxes of Hempelian Explanation111
6Hempel's Theory of Statistical Explanation138
Pt. IVTheories and Predictions
7The Symmetry Thesis167
8Hempel and the Problem of Provisos186
Pt. VExplanations of Behavior
9Explanation in History217
10Reasonable People243
Pt. VIScientific Rationality
11Analytic and Synthetic Understanding267
12The Objectivity and the Rationality of Science287
Epilogue: The Spirit of Logical Empiricism: Carl G. Hempel's Role in Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science309
A Bibliography of Carl G. Hempel325
Index of Names333
Index of Subjects337

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