Form and Strategy in Science: Studies Dedicated to Joseph by W. F. Floyd, F. T. C. Harris (auth.), John R. Gregg, F. T.

By W. F. Floyd, F. T. C. Harris (auth.), John R. Gregg, F. T. C. Harris (eds.)

Men of technological know-how are often mistrustful of or a minimum of impatient with philosophy. certainly one of them, himself no stranger to difficult inspiration, was once someday heard to touch upon his colleagues in one other college and on their propensity to delight in what he referred to as "all this nonsense approximately thinking". in contrast might be set a gathering of philosophers who determined to debate the second one legislations of Thermodynamics. while requested sardonically by way of a scientist whether or not they had disproved it, one of many philosophers spoke back: "No, now we have concluded that it isn't lots fake as that means­ much less" . This curious visual appeal of pass reasons displays whatever greater than mere captiousness or false impression. As to the "nonsense approximately thinking", it truly is completely real that an over the top formalisation of argu­ ments doesn't often support transparent considering a great deal. a lot of people will be nonplussed via a proper logical workout of the kind: all A is B, Cis B: is C for this reason A? yet equate A to Frenchman, C to Germans and B to Europeans, and tht:y may by no means run the slightest chance of going astray.

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The most thf:se systems can do is to suggest the adoption of such a principle but this might also be suggested by empirical investigations. Once we have hit upon the device of causal explanation and found it helpful we may decide to explain as much as possible and express our decision by saying "Every event has a cause" or "Always look for causal laws". Part of the strength of Korner's view 9 that metaphysical statements function in science as "directives" or "regulative principles" lies in the close connection of soft metaphysical statements with experience and its detailed explanation.

Sarton, G. di Santillana, and E. A. Burtt. 4. D. Bohm, Causality and Chance in Modern Physics, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1957; idem, Colston Symposium on Observation and Interpretation, Butterworth, 1957, p. 33. 5. Watkins, 'The Haunted Universe', The Listener, November 21, 1957, p. 886. 6. Popper, 'The Demarcation Between Science and Metaphysics', p. 257. 7. , Feyerabend, 'An Attempt at a Realistic Interpretation of Experience', Proc. Arist. , 1957-1958, p. 153. 8. Watkins, 'The Haunted Universe', The Listener, November 21, 1957, p.

Leibniz's system is prima facie more likely to be helpful than, say, Spinoza's, since on no level does Spinoza allow a real plurality. On the other hand, in a different situation where we were faced with the kind of problem which a field theory would solve we might obtain more help from Spinoza than from Leibniz, since he was mainly concerned with showing that nothing is really distinct from anything else. The choice of the scientist is not arbitrary and not ultimately free from the pressure of experience since both he and the metaphysician have been subjected to the same pressure.

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