Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos
Melanie Frappier, Derek Brown, Robert DiSalle
Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 24, 2012 - Science - 268 pages
The essays in this volume concern the points of intersection between analytic philosophy and the philosophy of the exact sciences. More precisely, it concern connections between knowledge in mathematics and the exact sciences, on the one hand, and the conceptual foundations of knowledge in general. Its guiding idea is that, in contemporary philosophy of science, there are profound problems of theoretical interpretation-- problems that transcend both the methodological concerns of general philosophy of science, and the technical concerns of philosophers of particular sciences. A fruitful approach to these problems combines the study of scientific detail with the kind of conceptual analysis that is characteristic of the modern analytic tradition. Such an approach is shared by these contributors: some primarily known as analytic philosophers, some as philosophers of science, but all deeply aware that the problems of analysis and interpretation link these fields together.
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Part I Perception Language and Realism
Part II Foundations of Mathematics
Part III Foundations of Physics
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abstract Alice Alice and Bob Alice’s ambiguity analytic Axiom of Choice axioms Bob’s Bohm’s theory Boolean algebra Cambridge Carnap causal classical concept conceptual analysis correlations corresponding counterfactual defined definition Demopoulos domain Einstein’s empirical epistemic Euclidean geometry example experience formal foundations framework Frege function given hidden variable Hilbert space Hume’s Principle inference inputs instance interpretation intuition language logical mathematical meaning measured z-spin metaphysical natural notion object observable ontology operation outcomes particle perceptual judgments perceptual takings Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Science physical Poincaré possible PR box precisely predicate probability problem properties proposition quantum gamble quantum mechanics qubit question Ramsey sentence rational real numbers relation relativity represent Sellars Sellars’s theory semantic sense space-time special relativity specious present Springer Science+Business Media straight line structure subspace theoretical terms things tion truth understanding University Press vague values vector Western Ontario