Studies in Quantitative Philosophizing - Rescher, Nicholas
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The present book brings together several case studies, dealing with relevant facets of the work of some of philosophy’s all-time greats. The subject-matter topic being addressed differs significantly, but in each case there is an attempt to apply mathematical methods and perspectives to the solution of a key philosophical issue in a way that throws instructive light upon it. On this basis it emerges that the question "Are mathematical methods useful in philosophy?” finds a suggestive response in the fact that over two millennia key figures in the history of the subject have indeed thought so.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The present book brings together several case studies, dealing with relevant facets of the work of some of philosophy’s all-time greats. The subject-matter topic being addressed differs significantly, but in each case there is an attempt to apply mathematical methods and perspectives to the solution of a key philosophical issue in a way that throws instructive light upon it. On this basis it emerges that the question "Are mathematical methods useful in philosophy?” finds a suggestive response in the fact that over two millennia key figures in the history of the subject have indeed thought so. And they have substantiated this view not so much by abstract argumentation on the basis of general principles, but by making this point through actual practice.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: De Gruyter; Editiones Scholasticae
  • Seitenzahl: 167
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20. Januar 2010
  • Deutsch, Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 153mm x 14mm
  • Gewicht: 360g
  • ISBN-13: 9783110319200
  • ISBN-10: 3110319209
  • Artikelnr.: 38076338
Autorenporträt
Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where he also served for many years as Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He is a former president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and has also served as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Americna Metaphysical Society, the American G. W. Leibniz Society, and the C. S. Peirce Society. An honorary member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he has been elected to membership in the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea), the Institut International de Philosophie, and several other learned academies. Having held visiting lectureships at Oxford, Constance, Salamanca, Munich, and Marburg, Professor Rescher has received six honorary degrees from universities on three continents. Author of some hundred books ranging over many areas of philosophy, over a dozen of them translated into other languages, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984.
Inhaltsangabe
Chapter 1: On the Epistemology of Plato's Divided Line
Chapter 2: Aristotle's Golden Mean and the Epistemology of Ethical Understanding
Chapter 3: Ockham's Razor and Ontological Economy
Chapter 4: Pascal's Wager in Religion
Chapter 5: Leibniz on Coordinating Epistemology and Ontology
Chapter 6: Ethical Quantities