Dynamics of Reason

ISBN-10: 1575862921
ISBN-13: 9781575862927
Edition: 2001
Authors: Michael Friedman
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Description: This book introduces a new approach to the issue of radical scientific revolutions, or "paradigm-shifts," given prominence in the work of Thomas Kuhn. The book articulates a dynamical and historicized version of the conception of scientific a priori  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: C S L I Publications/Center for the Study of Language & Information
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 150
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

This book introduces a new approach to the issue of radical scientific revolutions, or "paradigm-shifts," given prominence in the work of Thomas Kuhn. The book articulates a dynamical and historicized version of the conception of scientific a priori principles first developed by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. This approach defends the Enlightenment ideal of scientific objectivity and universality while simultaneously doing justice to the revolutionary changes within the sciences that have since undermined Kant's original defense of this ideal. Through a modified Kantian approach to epistemology and philosophy of science, this book opposes both Quinean naturalistic holism and the post-Kuhnian conceptual relativism that has dominated recent literature in science studies. Focussing on the development of "scientific philosophy" from Kant to Rudolf Carnap, along with the parallel developments taking place in the sciences during the same period, the author articulates a new dynamical conception of relativized a priori principles. This idea applied within the physical sciences aims to show that rational intersubjective consensus is intricately preserved across radical scientific revolutions or "paradigm-shifts and how this is achieved.

Michael Friedman is a former music business executive & artist manager who has landed record deals for many prominent artists. Under his own record label, Vibra Cobra Records, he has launched the careers of several rock bands. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Preface
The Lectures
The Idea of a Scientific Philosophy
Historical Perspectives on the Stratification of Knowledge
Rationality, Revolution, and the Community of Inquiry
Fruits of Discussion
The Relativized A Priori
A Priori Principles and Empirical Evidence
Rationality and Revolution
The Role of Philosophy
Other Problems, Other Sciences
References
Index

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