Constructivism and Science

Essays in Recent German Philosophy

  • Robert E. Butts
  • James Robert Brown

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Constructivism and the Logic of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kuno Lorenz
      Pages 3-18
    3. Carl Friedrich Gethmann
      Pages 19-45
    4. Kuno Lorenz
      Pages 59-76
    5. Jürgen Mittelstrass
      Pages 77-102
  3. Constructivism and Protoscience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Peter Janich
      Pages 145-162
    3. Paul Lorenzen
      Pages 163-170
  4. Constructivism and the Value Sciences

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 271-289

About this book


The idea to produce the current volume was conceived by Jiirgen Mittelstrass and Robert E. Butts in 1978. Idealist philosophers are wrong about one thing: the temporal gap separating idea and reality can be very long indeed - even ten or so years! Problems of timing were joined by personal problems and by the pressure of other professional commitments. Fortunately, James Brown agreed to cooperate in the editing of the volume; the infusion of his usual energy, good judgement and good-natured promptness saved the volume and made its produc­ tion possible. Despite the delays, the messages of the papers included in the book have not gone stale. An extremely worthwhile exercise in international philosophical cooperation has come to fruition; the German constructivist philosophical position is here represented in papers in English that will make its contemporary importance available to a larger audience. The editors owe thanks to many persons. All involved in the project owe much to the interest and support of Nicholas Rescher, a friend of the undertaking from the time of its inception. My review of the translations was helped immensely by Andrea Purvis' careful copy editing of the typescript. Most of all, however, we owe gratitude and admiration for the tireless efforts on behalf of this enterprise to Jiirgen Mittelstrass.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert E. Butts
    • 1
  • James Robert Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western OntarioCanada
  2. 2.University of TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6921-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0959-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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