New PDF release: Essays in Honor of Carl G. Hempel: A Tribute on the Occasion

By Paul Oppenheim (auth.), Nicholas Rescher (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9048183324

ISBN-13: 9789048183326

ISBN-10: 9401714665

ISBN-13: 9789401714662

The eminent thinker of technological know-how Carl G. Hempel, Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton collage and a previous President of the yankee Philosophical organization, has had a protracted and unique educational occupation during which he has been professorial mentor to a few of America's such a lot distinctive philosophers. This quantity gathers jointly twelve unique papers by way of Hempel's scholars and colleagues right into a quantity meant to do homage to Hempel at the get together of his sixty fifth 12 months in 1970. The papers are grouped round the unifying subject of Hempel's personal pursuits in common sense and philosophy of technological know-how, the good majority facing concerns on inductive common sense and the speculation of clinical explanatio- difficulties to which Hempel has committed the majority of his outstandingly fruitful efforts. With the process of 'Peter' Hempel's sixty fifth birthday, an article committee sprang into being by means of an uncannily spontaneous method to arrange to commemorate this occasion with a suitable Festschrift. The editors have been happy to obtain unfailingly steered and effective coopera­ tion at the a part of all individuals. The accountability of seeing the paintings in the course of the press was once assumed by means of Nicholas Rescher. The editors are thankful to all involved for his or her collaboration. ALAN ROSS ANDERSON PAUL BENACERRAF ADOLF GRUNBAUM GERALD J. MASSEY NICHOLAS RESCHER RICHARD S. RUDNER desk OF CONTENTS PREFACE V PAUL OPPENHEIM: recollections of Peter 1 w. v. QUINE: traditional forms five JAAKKO HINTIKKA: Inductive Independence and the Paradoxes of affirmation 24 WESLEY c.

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What precisely is this extra information? An exhaustive answer would break the confines of this essay. A partial answer can nevertheless be gathered from what has been said, especially from the results concerning what happens when new predicates are introduced or when one is omitted (while one's universe is restricted). It was seen that if suitable ordering assumptions are made, these changes have relatively insignificant effects. This means, generally speaking, that our ordering assumptions can be viewed as assumptions concerning the inductive independence - in one of the possible senses of this term - of one's predicates vis-a-vis each other.

My doubts are largely due to the following observations: 9 (1) There seem to be definite counterexamples to the claim that background knowledge of relative frequencies is always the source of the relevant asymmetries. For instance, a generalization like 'no material bodies are infinitely divisible' seems to be completely unaffected by questions concerning immaterial entities, independently of what one thinks of the relative frequencies of material and immaterial entities in one's universe of discourse.

90--95. 11 This was noted by S. Watanabe on the second page of his paper 'Une explication mathematique du classement d'objets', in Information and Prediction in Science (ed. by S. Dockx and P. Bemays), Academic Press, New York, 1965. 12 J. J. C. Smart, Philosophy and Scientific Realism, Routledge and Kegan-Paul, London, 1963,pp. 68-72. 1 3 Fact, Fiction, and Forecast, op. , pp. 95 ff. 14 R. Carnap, 'Testability and Meaning', Philosophy of Science 3 (1936), 419-471; 4 (1937), 1-40. 15 I am indebted to Burton Dreben and Nelson Goodman for helpful criticisms of earlier drafts.

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