Bernard Bolzano: Theory of Science: 4 Volume Pack

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byBernard Bolzano

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This is the first complete English translation of Bernard Bolzano's four-volume Wissenschaftslehre or Theory of Science, a masterwork of theoretical philosophy. Bolzano (1781-1848), one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, was a man of many parts. Best known in his own timeas a teacher and public intellectual, he was also a mathematician and logician of rare ability, the peer of other pioneers of modern mathematical logic such as Boole, Frege, and Peirce. As Professor of Religion at the Charles University in Prague from 1805, he proved to be a courageous and determined critic of abuses in church and state, a powerful advocate for reform. Dismissed by the Emperor in 1819 for political reasons, he left public life and spent the next decade working onhis "theory of science," which he also called logic. The resulting Wissenschaftslehre, first published in 1837, is a monumental, wholly original study in logic, epistemology, heuristics, and scientific methodology. Unlike most logical studies of the period, it is not concerned with the"psychological self-consciousness of the thinking mind." Instead, it develops logic as the science of "propositions in themselves" and their parts, especially the relations between these entities. It offers, for the first time in the history of logic, a viable definition of consequence (ordeducibility), and a novel view of probability. Giving constant attention to Bolzano's predecessors and contemporaries, with particular emphasis on Kant, this richly documented work is also a valuable source for the history of logic and philosophy. Each volume of the edition is accompanied by a detailed introduction, which alerts the reader tothe historical context of Bolzano's work and illuminates its continued relevance.

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This is the first complete English translation of Bernard Bolzano's four-volume Wissenschaftslehre or Theory of Science, a masterwork of theoretical philosophy. Bolzano (1781-1848), one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, was a man of many parts. Best known in his own timeas a teacher and public intellectual, he was...

Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848) made outstanding contributions to many areas of philosophy as well as to mathematics and theology. In mathematics, he is best known for his work in analysis and the foundations of mathematics, which included rigorous definitions of continuity and convergence as well as the construction of a continuous, nowh...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:2248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199684380

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VOLUME I: Theory of Fundamentals and Theory of Elements (Part I)INTRODUCTIONBOOK ONE: THEORY OF FUNDAMENTALSPART I: Of the Existence of Truths in ThemselvesPART II: Of the Recognizability of TruthBOOK TWO: THEORY OF ELEMENTSPART I: Of Ideas in ThemselvesVOLUME TWO: Theory of Elements (Part II)BOOK TWO: THEORY OF ELEMENTS (continued)PART II: Of Propositions in ThemselvesPART III: Of True PropositionsPART IV: Of InferencesVOLUME THREE: Theory of Knowledge and The Art of DiscoveryBOOK THREE: THEORY OF KNOWLEDGEPART I: Of IdeasPART II: Of JudgementsPART III: Of the Relation between our Judgements and TruthPART IV: Of Certainty, Probability, and Confidence in JudgementsBOOK FOUR: THE ART OF DISCOVERYPART I: General RulesPART II: Particular RulesVOLUME FOUR: Theory of Science ProperBOOK FIVE: THEORY OF SCIENCE PROPERPART I: General RulesPART II: On the Determination of the Extensions of the SciencesPART III: On the Choice of a Class of Readers for a TreatisePART IV: On the Propositions which Should Appear in a TreatisePART V: On the Divisions of a TreatisePART VI: On the Order in which the Propositions Belonging to a Treatise Should AppearPART VII: Theory of Signs or, On the Signs Used in or Recommended by a TreatisePART VIII: How the Author of a Treatise Should BehavePART IX: On Scientific Books that are not Genuine Treatises