Method and Language

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John Benjamins Publishing, 1982 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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This monograph explores the relationship between method and language. The notion of method is inherent in everything we can claim to understand. The language conventions which make a question meaningful cannot be challenged at the same time the problem is posed. Problems exist only relatively to accepted ways of thinking and doing; verification or falsification can take place only when we agree what hypotheses are in question. Our ability to be rational and critical that is, to apply logic to our beliefs depends on the kinds of distinctions we are able to make in our language.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER I METHOD AND LANGUAGE
7
CHAPTER II SYSTEM AND LOGIC
17
CHAPTER III RATIONALITY AND SCIENTIFIC METHOD
29
CHAPTER IV PROGRESS IN SCIENCE
45
CHAPTER V POPPERS LOGIC
59
CHAPTER VI INDUCTIVE LANGUAGE
67
CHAPTER VII BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
79
CHAPTER X GOODMANS PICTORIAL WORLDMAKING
125
CHAPTER XI DAVIDSONS PRINCIPLE OF INDIVIDUATION
141
CHAPTER XII DUMMETTS MOLECULAR MODEL OF LANGUAGE
147
CHAPTER XIII RAISING THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
153
CHAPTER XIV KRIPKE ON SENSE AND REFERENCE
167
CHAPTER XV KRIPKE ON NATURAL KINDS AND POSSIBLE WORLDS
175
CHAPTER XVI POSSIBLE WORLDS AND HUMAN FREEDOM
189
INDEX
195

CHAPTER VIII SECOND GUESSING RESEARCH
99
CHAPTER IX TRANSLATABILITY AS A NORM IN QUINE
119

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