© 2002

Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh’s Eyes, and God

Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J.

  • Babette E. Babich

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 225)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Babette E. Babich
      Pages 1-18
  3. Hermeneutics and the Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-23
    2. Stephen Toulmin
      Pages 25-29
    3. Robert P. Crease
      Pages 31-41
    4. Dimitri Ginev
      Pages 43-52
    5. Allan Janik
      Pages 79-95
    6. Joseph J. Kockelmans
      Pages 97-115
    7. Theodore Kisiel
      Pages 127-136
    8. Thomas M. Seebohm
      Pages 137-152
    9. Richard Cobb-Stevens
      Pages 153-161
    10. John J. Compton
      Pages 195-202
    11. John Ziman
      Pages 203-217
    12. Rom Harré
      Pages 219-229

About this book


perceptual essences that can be rendered directly manifest in perception with the help of theoretically structured instruments serving as 'readable technologies'. " Scientific knowledge should thus be understood as an extension of "unassisted" perception. A perceptual fact has an outer horizon "which separates it from the ground on which it appears," and an inner horizon "composed of a multiplicity of possible perceptual profiles organized by an invariant essence. " The perceiving subject can "bring forth a representative sample of the profiles in question," occasionally by making use of certain technological processes, which are themselves subject to interpretation in terms of theoretical representations. The theoretical entities described in these representations are not "simply detected thanks to an inferential operation, but rather, they are directly perceived. " It follows from this that the correspondence between the "manifest image" and the "scientific image" is not done one-to-one, but by a "many-to-one or one-to­ many application between contextually defined perceptual objects within contexts that are mutually incompatible but complementary. " This should not, however, be understood as a form of conventionalism, nor as a form of "cultural relativism. " Pre­ comprehension, which guides interpretation imposes strict limits to the descriptive categories which can be used and to the manner in which they can be linked to appropriate empirical objects. The author applies his hermeneutic principles to the study of visual perception. (In fact this question is treated in the first part of the book.


20th century 21st century Edmund Husserl Jacques Lacan Ludwig Wittgenstein Martin Heidegger Maurice Merleau-Ponty Michel Foucault Philosophy of Science Philosophy of art aesthetics hermeneutics phenomenology psychology quantum mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Babette E. Babich
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Fordham UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh’s Eyes, and God
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J.
  • Editors B.E. Babich
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0234-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5926-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-1767-0
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 500
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Modern Philosophy
    Religious Studies, general
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