© 1973

The Methodological Unity of Science

  • Mario Bunge

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Formal Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Charles Castonguay
      Pages 15-22
  4. Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Roger B. Angel
      Pages 53-68
  5. Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Paul Pirlot, Rejane Bernier
      Pages 71-83
  6. Psychology

  7. Political Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Harry Beatty
      Pages 155-189
  8. Historiography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
  9. Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217

About this book


The present volume collects some of the talks given at the Bertrand Russell Colloquium on Exact Philosophy, attached to the McGill University Foundations and Philosophy of Science Unit. It also includes a paper, on Bertrand Russell's method of philosophizing, read at the memorial symposium held at Sir Gorge Williams University shortly after the philosopher's death. All the papers appear here for the first time. Unlike many a philosophy of science anthology, this one is not center­ ed on the philosophy of physics. In fact the papers deal with conceptual and, in particular, philosophical problems that pop up in almost every one of the provinces of the vast territory constituted by the foundations, meth­ odology and philosophy of science. A couple of border territories which are in the process of being infiltrated have been added for good measure. The inclusion of papers in the philosophy of formal science and in the philosophies of physics and of biology, in a volume belonging to a series devoted to the philosophy and methodology of the social and behavioral sciences, should raise no eyebrows. Because the sciences of man make use of logic and mathematics, they are interested in questions such as whether the formal sciences have anything to do with reality (rather than with our theories about reality) and whether or not logic has kept up with the practice of mathematicians. These two problems are tackled in Part II, on the philosophy of formal science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Methodological Unity of Science
  • Editors M. Bunge
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0354-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0404-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2667-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 265
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Methodology of the Social Sciences
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