Foresight and Knowledge

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Fordham Univ Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 153 pages
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For Yves R. Simon, philosophy has an affinity to science, not in the sense that philosophy is a mere metascience, a commentary on the sciences, but rather because it shares the same aim as science: the search for explanation. The philosophy Simon espouses is philosophical realism which, following Jacques Maritain, he prefers to call critical realism. Against the prejudice that only some version of philosophical idealism, be it critical or absolute, is capable of understanding positive science. Simon, in Foresight and Knowledge, develops a philosophy of science form a realistic perspective. Philosophy of science or the critique of science, as it was known in France, is according to Simon, metahphysics in the exercise of its critical function. Simon selects as the central focus of the treatise the problem of determinism, causality, and chance. Simon shows that the concept determinismmust be understood in different conceptual systems, such as a philosophy of nature and physics; in the latter, determinism is conceived as a possibility of certain and exact prediction.

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Yves R. Simon was Professor of Philosophy as the University of Notre Dame, The University of Chicago, University of Lille, and University of Paris. Yves R. Simon is author of several books, including The Definition of Moral Virtue and The Tradition of Natural Law (Fordham UniversityPress).

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