Reason and the Search for Knowledge

Investigations in the Philosophy of Science

  • Dudley Shapere

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlv
  2. Critical Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 3-25
    3. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 37-48
    4. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 49-57
    5. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 58-101
  3. Analyses of Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 123-155
    3. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 156-166
    4. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 167-181
  4. Toward a Systematic Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 205-260
    3. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 261-272
    4. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 273-319
    5. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 320-324
    6. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 383-407
    7. Dudley Shapere
      Pages 408-417
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 419-441

About this book


An impressive characteristic of Dudley Shapere's studies in the philosophy of the sciences has been his dogged reasonableness. He sorts things out, with logical care and mastery of the materials, and with an epistemological curiosity for the historical happenings which is both critical and respectful. Science changes, and the philosopher had better not link philosophical standards too tightly to either the latest orthodox or the provocative up­ start in scientific fashions; and yet, as critic, the philosopher must not only master the sciences but also explicate their meanings, not those of a cognitive never-never land. Neither dreamer nor pedant, Professor Shapere has been able to practice the modern empiricist's exercises with the sober and stimulat­ ing results shown in this volume: he sees that he can be faithful to philosoph­ ical analysis, engage in the boldest 'rational reconstruction' of theories and experimental measurements, and faithful too, empirically faithful we may say, to both the direct super-highways and the winding pathways of conceptual evolutions and metaphysical revolutions. Not least, Shapere listens! To Einstein and Calileo of course, but to the workings of the engineers and the scientific apprentices too, and to the various philosophers, now and of old, who have also worked to make sense of what has been learned and how that has happened and where we might go wrong.


Interpretation concept evolution history history of literature interpret issue knowledge philosophy philosophy of science reason space structure time tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • Dudley Shapere
    • 1
  1. 1.Wake Forest UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1641-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9731-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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