Approach to the Problems

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 53)


As an introduction to the detailed study of various systems, I shall in the present chapter attempt to clarify briefly some aspects of their common subject matter, characterize certain of the more important types of basis that may be chosen, and introduce some of the first problems that are to be dealt with. Much of this preliminary discussion will be quite informal, making free use of such everyday language as seems helpful and often dealing rather summarily with terms (such as “thing”) whose formal definition we shall not reach at all in this book.


Basic Unit Physical Object Quality Class Ordinary Language Nominalistic System 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1977

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