Scientific Enterprise: Studies in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science v. 4

Scientific Enterprise: Studies in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science v. 4 : The Bar-Hillel Colloquium

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The essays and commentaries presented here are intended to strike a balance between the disciplines to which the Bar-Hillel Colloquium (formerly the Israel Colloquium) is dedicated. The historical and sociological vantage point is addressed in Krammick's and Mali's treatment of Priestley, in Vicker's and Feldhay's studies of the Renaissance occult and in Warnke's and Barasch's work on the imagination. From a philosophical angle several concepts, all material to the methodology of science, are taken up: rule following, by Smart and Margalit; analysis, by Ackerman, explanation, by Taylor; and the role of mathematics in physics, by Levy-Leblond and Pitowsky. In addition, the volume contains the proceedings of two symposia dedicated to two towering scientific figures: one celebrates Bohr's centennial, and the other examines the "other" Newton. The book should appeal to people whose interest or research is in the fields of philosophy, sociology and history of science, technology and medicine, as well as those interested in science education.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 157 x 230 x 24mm | 639.97g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 13 SW-Abb.
  • 0792319923
  • 9780792319924

Table of contents

Part 1: Eighteenth-century science and radical social theory - the case of Joseph Priestley's scientific liberalism, I. Kramick; science, politics and the new science of politics - a comment, J. Mali; critical reactions to the occult sciences during the Renaissance, B. Vickers; critical reactions to the occult - a comment, R. Feldhay; works of the imagination, M. Warnke; works of the imagination - a comment, M. Barasch; Wittgenstein, following a rule and scientific psychology, J.J.C. Smart; how to outsmart the rules - a comment, A. Margalit; why does physics need mathematics?, J.M. Levy-Leblond; why does physics need mathematics? - a comment, O. Pitowsky; analysis and its paradoxes, F. Ackerman; explanation and practical reason, C. Taylor. Part 2 Symposium "The Other Newton" - the theological and alchemical writings: gravity and alchemy, B.J.T. Dobbs; Isaac Newton - theologian, R.S. Westfall; Newton and the origins of fundamentalism, R.H. Popkin. Part 3 Symposium Niels Bohr Centennial: man as spectator and actor in the drama of existance, S. Sambursky; Bohr's response to Einstain, Podolsky and Rosen, D.Z. Albert; the genesis of Bohr's complementary principle and Bohr-Heisenberg dialogue, M. Beller.
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