Nelson Goodman

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Henry Nelson Goodman (7 August 1906 – 25 November 1998) was an American philosopher, known for his work on counterfactuals, mereology, the problem of induction, irrealism, and aesthetics.

Goodman was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, the son of Sarah Elizabeth (née Woodbury) and Henry Lewis Goodman. He was of Jewish origins.He graduated from Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude (1928). During the 1930s, he ran an art gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, while studying for a Harvard Ph.D. in philosophy which he completed in 1941. His experience as an art dealer helps explain his later turn towards aesthetics, where he became better known than in logic and  analytic philosophy. During World War II, he served as a psychologist in the US Army.

He taught at the University of Pennsylvania, 1946–1964, where his students included Noam Chomsky, Sydney Morgenbesser, Stephen Stich, and Hilary Putnam. He was a research fellow at the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies from 1962 to 1963 and was a professor at several universities from 1964 to 1967, before being appointed Professor of Philosophy at Harvard in 1968.

In 1967, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he was the founding director of Harvard Project Zero, a basic research project in artistic cognition and artistic education. He remained the director for four years and served as an informal adviser for many years thereafter.

Goodman died in Needham, Massachusetts.

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FACT, FICTION AND FORECAST

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Nelson Goodman here explores some problems regarding scientific law and counterfactual conditionals and presents his New Riddle of Induction.
Hilary Putnam described the book as "one of the few books that every serious student of philosophy in our time has to have read."

WAYS OF WORLDMAKING

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This is part of a 1989 interview conducted in Rome as part of a project by Renato Parascandolo:


Provides a workable notion of the kinds of skills and capacities that are central for those who work in the arts.

LANGUAGES OF ART

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A study in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of art presented with the immaculate elegance and high sophistication typical of Nelson Goodman.

OF MIND AND OTHER MATTERS

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This volume will serve as a concise introduction to Goodman's thought for general readers, and will develop its more recent unfoldings for those philosophers and others who have grown wiser with his books over the years.

THE STRUCTURE OF APPEARANCE

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In "The Structure of Appearance" Nelson Goodman aims at describing the world as composed of individuals.
This is perhaps Goodman’s main work, although it is less widely known than, for example, "Languages of Art". It is a constitutional system, which shows how from a basis of primitive objects and a basic relation between those objects all other objects can be obtained by definitions alone.

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