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The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences

The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences
Founded upon their History
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108064040

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  • First published in 1840, this two-volume treatise by Cambridge polymath William Whewell (1794–1886) remains significant in the philosophy of science. The work was intended as the 'moral' to his three-volume History of the Inductive Sciences (1837), which is also reissued in this series. Building on philosophical foundations laid by Immanuel Kant and Francis Bacon, Whewell opens with the aphorism 'Man is the Interpreter of Nature, Science the right interpretation'. Whewell's work upholds throughout his belief that the mind was active and not merely a passive receiver of knowledge from the world. A key text in Victorian epistemological debates, notably challenged by John Stuart Mill and his System of Logic, Whewell's treatise merits continued study and discussion in the present day. Volume 1 investigates the philosophy underlying pure, classificatory and mechanical sciences. Volume 2 includes a selective review of opinions on the nature of knowledge and the means of seeking it, beginning with Plato.

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108064040
    • length: 1246 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 140 x 80 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Aphorisms respecting ideas, knowledge, and the language of science
    Part I. Of Ideas:
    1. Of ideas in general
    2. The philosophy of the pure sciences
    3. The philosophy of the mechanical sciences
    4. The philosophy of the secondary mechanical sciences
    5. The philosophy of the mechanico-chemical sciences
    6. The philosophy of chemistry
    7. The philosophy of morphology, including crystallography
    8. Philosophy of the classificatory sciences. Volume 2: Part I. Of Ideas (cont.):
    9. The philosophy of biology
    10. The philosophy of palaeontology
    Part II. Of Knowledge:
    11. Of the construction of science
    12. Review of opinions on the nature of knowledge, and the means of seeking it
    13. Of methods employed in the formation of science.

  • Author

    William Whewell

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