By James G. Greeno (auth.), Roger C. Buck, Robert S. Cohen (eds.)
This publication comprises the papers provided on the moment biennial assembly of the Philosophy of technological know-how organization, held in Boston in Fall, 1970. we've additional the paper through Jaakko Hintikka which he was once not able to provide as a result of sickness, and we've got regrettably no longer acquired the paper of Michael Scriven. differently, those lawsuits are entire as far as formal displays. The assembly itself was once devoted to the reminiscence of Rudolf Carnap. This nice guy and uncommon thinker had died almost immediately earlier than. The 5 talks from the consultation dedicated to reminiscences of Professor Carnap are published first and foremost of this publication, and they're by way of 8 different tributes and stories. we're rather thankful to Wolfgang Stegmiiller for allowing us to incorporate a translation of his eloge which was once broadcast in Germany. the pictures have been kindly contributed via Hannah Thost-Carnap. ROGER C. greenback division of background and Philosophy of technology, Indiana college ROBER T S. COHEN Boston middle for the Philosophy of technology, Boston college picture by means of Francis Schmidt, 1935 picture by way of Adya, 1962 desk OF CONTENTS PREFACE v HOMAGE TO RUDOLF CARNAP XI Herbert Feigl, Carl G. Hempel, Richard C. Jeffrey, W. V. Quine, A. Shimony, Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, Herbert G. Bohnert, Robert S. Cohen, Charles Hartshorne, David Kaplan, Charles Morris, Maria Reichenbach, Wolfgang Stegmiiller SYMPOSIUM: THEORETICAL ENTITIES IN STATISTICAL clarification JAMES G. GREENO / Theoretical Entities in Statistical rationalization three WESLEY C. SALMON / clarification and Relevance: reviews on James G.
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Extra info for PSA 1970: In Memory of Rudolf Carnap Proceedings of the 1970 Biennial Meeting Philosophy of Science Association
Carnap was the first to attempt to carry this progr~m into action, in his Logische Aufbau. With his mastery of modern logic he constructed a system of concepts in which all the concepts of the factual sciences were derived from a single empirical basic concept, by chains of definitions. There are two principal grounds upon which he HOMAGE TO RUDOLF CAR NAP LIII later gave up this constitutive theory of concepts: first, he recognized that certain concepts, namely the so-called disposition concepts in principle cannot be introduced by definitions.
He was not especially overweight physically. Rather there was a slowness, even a ponderousness, as of a tank in preliminary maneuver. The impression of controlled mass was strengthened by the slow, cello-like voice. Though German-accented, with the long syllables dwelt upon, it flowed with total assurance, without hesitation for words or grammar. The flow was not unstoppable, I found, on raising a question; and the Great Man impression grew as the answer came with courteous formality, tempered with an almost fatherly gentleness.
His treatments of many problems via a 'rational reconstruction' of science as a language, a store of sentences, or as a sentence-processing system with protocol-sentence-input. They are often couched in language that seems to refer to procedures and decisions of working scientists. This small echo of 'parable' is harmless enough to scientists, who are accustomed both to idealizations and to informal communication about them, but it has led some philosophers of science to reject them as unrealistic.