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Measurement

Its Concepts, Theories and Problems

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Part of the book series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science (BSPS, volume 72)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 1-13
  3. Measurement

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 14-34
  4. Magnitudes

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 35-82
  5. Scales

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 83-100
  6. Quantification

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 101-111
  7. Theory of Measurement

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 112-157
  8. Theory of Scales

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 158-177
  9. Methodological Problems of Measurement

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 178-204
  10. Philosophical Problems of Measurement

    • Karel Berka
    Pages 205-217
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 218-250

About this book

For many years, Karel Berka has worked at some of the central problems of the theory of the sciences. At once a logician, a mathematician, a careful student of the physical sciences and the social sciences, and a sharp but sympathetic critic of the major philosophies of science in this century, Berka brings to this treatise on measurement both his technical mastery and his historical sensitivity. We appreciate his careful analysis of his predecessors, notably Helmholtz, Campbell, Holder, Bridgman, Camap, Hempel, and Stevens, and of his contemporaries such as Brian Ellis and also Patrick Suppes and J. L. Zinnes. The issues to be clarified are familiar but still troubling: how to justify the conceptual transition from classification to a metric; how to explore ways to provide a quantitative understanding of a qualitative concept; indeed how to understand, and thereby control, the Galilean enthusiasm "to measure what is measurable and to try to render measurable what is not so as yet".

Keywords

  • axiomatization
  • physical sciences
  • science

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Czechoslovakia

    Karel Berka

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Measurement

  • Book Subtitle: Its Concepts, Theories and Problems

  • Authors: Karel Berka

  • Series Title: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7828-7

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1983

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-277-1416-9

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-009-7830-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-009-7828-7

  • Series ISSN: 0068-0346

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-7942

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 250

  • Additional Information: Originally published in Czech

  • Topics: Philosophy of Science

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-009-7828-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)