RECONCEPTIONS IN PHILOSOPHY AND OTHER ARTS AND SCIENCES
Nelson Goodman and Catherine Z. Elgin
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Henry Nelson Goodman (1906–1998) was one of the most influential philosophers of the post-war era of American philosophy. Goodman’s philosophical interests ranged from formal logic and the philosophy of science to the philosophy of art. In all these diverse fields Goodman made significant and highly original contributions. Perhaps his most famous contribution is the “grue-paradox”, which points to the problem that in order to learn by induction, we need to make a distinction between projectible ...
"Reconceptions in Philosophy" takes further strides in an impressive course of thought that has already brought notable reconceptions in and beyond philosophy. This book carries the subject far forward with brilliant new studies of representation, interpretation, variation, and other topics in the theory of architecture, painting, music, and psychology.
These studies not only illustrate how the general theoretical approach and apparatus can interrelate and illuminate diverse fields, they also serve as tests that sometimes call for such improvements in the general theory as the invention of a new concept of 'contrastive exemplification'.
The authors, looking hard at all this, then suggest that even more drastic reconceptions may lie ahead: the modifications or replacement of such venerable concepts as truth, certainty, and knowledge, and displacement of traditional philosophical problems by intriguing new tasks of construction. For all its range and depth, the book is written in a lean, live, and lucid style that keeps the reader intent on the progress of the inquiry.
"The authors argue against certain philosophical distinctions between art and science; between verbal and nonverbal meaning; and between the affective and the cognitive. The book continues Goodman's argument against one traditional mode of philosophizing which privileges the notions of 'truth' and 'knowledge'. Hence, the book is in a broadly pragmatic tradition. It also deals in detail with such topics as meaning in architecture and the concept of 'variation' in art, and contains a superb critique of some important views in contemporary epistemology. This work will be savored even by those who will not accept all aspects of Goodman and Elgin's approach. Essential for all undergraduate philosophy collections." --Stanley Bates, Choice -...