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

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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.

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"....The collection constitutes a useful primary source for the history of twentieth-century philosophy of science....The whole collection is suffused with the lucidity characteristic of Hempel's own work, and it is a fitting memorial to a great philosopher." - - The British Journal for the History of Science
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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)

Meet the Author

University of Minnesota, Duluth
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Prologue: An Intellectual Autobiography: Carl G. Hempel 3
Pt. I Scientific Reasoning
1 Hempel and the Vienna Circle 39
2 Hempel's Logicist Philosophy of Mathematics: Background and Sequel 65
Pt. II Probability and Induction
3 Probable Inference versus Probable Conclusions 77
4 Hempel on the Problem of Induction 91
Pt. III The Covering-Law Models
5 The Paradoxes of Hempelian Explanation 111
6 Hempel's Theory of Statistical Explanation 138
Pt. IV Theories and Predictions
7 The Symmetry Thesis 167
8 Hempel and the Problem of Provisos 186
Pt. V Explanations of Behavior
9 Explanation in History 217
10 Reasonable People 243
Pt. VI Scientific Rationality
11 Analytic and Synthetic Understanding 267
12 The Objectivity and the Rationality of Science 287
Epilogue: The Spirit of Logical Empiricism: Carl G. Hempel's Role in Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science 309
A Bibliography of Carl G. Hempel 325
Index of Names 333
Index of Subjects 337
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