Metaphysics and Science

  • Evert W. Beth


The traditional metaphysical and epistemological systems were evolved in an attempt to solve certain problems that are meaningful within Plato’s and Aristotle’s conception of science. As a result of the modern development of science, this conception, which was taken for granted for many centuries, is no longer tenable. It has become clear that particularly the evidence postulate (cf. p. 76)-i.e., the condition that the fundamental concepts of a scientific discipline must be clear without need of explanation, and that the fundamental principles must be acceptable without need of proof — is no longer accepted by modern science. Consequently, a new conception of science must be envisaged, while traditional metaphysics and epistemology will have to make way for modern style foundational research.


Scientific Philosophy Scientific Import Traditional Metaphysic Philosophical Discipline Latin Verse 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1968

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