Pictures, Images, and Conceptual Change: An Analysis of Wilfrid Sellars' Philosophy of Science

Pictures, Images, and Conceptual Change: An Analysis of Wilfrid Sellars' Philosophy of Science

by Joseph C. Pitt

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1981)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789027712776
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 10/31/1981
Series: Synthese Library , #151
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1981
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

I/Pictures and Teleology.- 1. Science, Philosophy, and Change.- 2. Images.- 3. Pictures and Coherent Images.- 4. Truth and Explanation.- 5. Explanationism.- II/Rules of Inference, Induction, and Ampliative Frameworks.- 1. Ampliative Inference.- 2. Sellarsian Rules of Inference.- 3. Goodman on Induction and the Scientific Framework.- 4. Quine, Induction, and Natural Kinds.- 5. Conclusion.- III/Induction and Justification.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Rules, Theories, and Conceptual Frameworks.- 3. Justification, Probability, and Acceptance.- 4. The Meaning of ‘Probable’.- 5. ‘Probable’ Versus the Ground-Consequence Relation.- 6. The Purpose of Probability Arguments.- 7. Practical Reasoning.- 8. Modes of Probability.- IV/Theories.- 1. Introduction.- 2. The Sellarsian View of a Theory; an Introduction.- 3. Sellars and Nagel on the Formal Structure of Theories.- 4. The Observation Framework.- 5. Correspondence Rules (C-Rules).- 6. Explanation.- 7. Ontological Preliminaries.- 8. Explanation and Existence.- 9. Explanation and Two Senses of ‘About’.- 10. Explanation Versus Derivation.- 11. The Theoretician’s Dilemma and the Levels Theory of Theories.- 12. Sellarsian Systematization.- 13. Explanation and Existence: The Role of C-Rules.- V/Conceptual Change.- 1. Introduction.- 2. The Scientific Image: a Reconsideration.- 3. Ontological Necessity.- 4. Reasonableness and Rationality.- 5. Conceptual Change.- 6. Rationality Versus Reasonableness.- Notes.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.

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