Nelson Goodman

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Feb 20, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
Although some of Nelson Goodman's views have become unfashionable or seem unorthodox, much in his work is of lasting significance. Daniel Cohnitz and Marcus Rossberg assess Goodman's contribution to philosophy, including his acceptance and critique of positivism, his defence of nominalism and phenomenalism, his formulation of a new riddle of induction, his work on notational systems, and his analysis of the arts. They offer an analysis of the unifying features of Goodman's philosophy - his constructivism, conventionalism, and relativism - and discuss his central work, The Structure of Appearance, and its significance in the analytic tradition. They also examine Goodman's views on mereology and semiotics, which underly his philosophy and provide the background to his aesthetics.
 

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Contents

1 The worldmakers universe
1
problems and riddles of induction
28
3 The big picture
54
4 Particulars and parts
75
5 From Vienna Station to Boston Terminus
99
6 Follow the sign
140
7 Diagnosing art
164
8 Starmaking
191
9 Never mind mind essence is not essential and matter does not matter
204
List of symbols
229
Glossary of technical terms
230
Further reading
237
Notes
240
Bibliography
261
Index
277
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About the author (2006)

Daniel Cohnitz is assistant professor, philosophy, Heinrich-Heine University (Dusseldorf).

Marcus Rossberg is a member of the Arche Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Mathematics, and Mind, University of St Andrews.

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