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1. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Xavier de Donato-Rodríguez Introduction
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2. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Catherine Z. Elgin Construction and Cognition
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The Structure of Appearance presents a phenomenalist system, constructing enduring visible objects out of qualia. Nevertheless Goodman does not espouse phenomenalism. This is not because he considers his system inadequate. Although details remain to be filled in, he considers his system viable. And he believes his constructional methods could readily yield extensions to other sensory realms. Why isn’t Goodman a phenomenalist? This paper suggests an answer that illuminates Goodman’s views about the nature and functions of constructional systems, the prospects of reductionism, and the character of epistemology. These non-standard views present attractive alternatives to currently popular positions.
3. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Marcus Rossberg, Daniel Cohnitz Logical Consequence for Nominalists
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It has repeatedly been argued that nominalistic programmes in the philosophy of mathematics fail, since they will at some point or other involve the notion of logical consequence which is unavailable to the nominalist. In this paper we will argue that this is not the case. Using an idea of Nelson Goodman andW.V. Quine’s which they developed in Goodman and Quine (1947) and supplementing it with means that should be nominalistically acceptable, we present a way to explicate logical consequence in a nominalistically acceptable way.
4. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Karl-Georg Niebergall On 2nd Order Calculi of Individuals
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From early work of N. Goodman to recent approaches by H. Field and D. Lewis, there have been attempts to combine 2nd order languages with calculi of individuals. This paper is a contribution, containing basic denitions and distinctions and some metatheorems, to the development of a general metatheory of such theories.
5. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Marek Polański Goodman's Extensional Isomorphism and Syntactical Interpretations
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The aim of the present paper is to provide a model-theoretic explication of Nelson Goodman’s concept of extensional isomorphism. The term "extensional isomorphism" has been informally introduced by Nelson Goodman in the beginning paragraph of his The Structure of Appearance. After some conceptual clarications Goodman’s concept of isomorphy turns out to be closely related to some variant of set-theoretic denability and some variants of syntactical interpretability.
6. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Xavier De Donato-Rodríguez Construction and Worldmaking: the Significance of Nelson Goodman's Pluralism
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Goodman’s style may be elusive sometimes, so that it may result difficult to interpret what he really has in mind. This is a consequence of his masterful use of irony and metaphorical language. This difficulty of interpretation affects important parts of his philosophical thoughts and had led to misunderstandings. In the present article, I discuss the significance of Goodman’s pluralism, one of his most relevant theses. I try to show that Goodman’s pluralism does not lead to skepticism or the relativism of “anything goes”. One of the most common arguments directed against Goodman’s pluralism is that his attempt to provide a genuine standard of “rightness” fails, leaving us without a conception of truth or an appropriate substitute. I will argue that the conclusion of this argument is false, trying to show that Goodman’s aim of defending an irrealist pluralism is perfectly coherent and defensible against the common interpretation of his critics.
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7. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Luis Carlos Medina Evolution Nodes in Newtonian Supertasks
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The present article provides an analysis of the instants of a system that performs a Newtonian supertask. For each instant it studied the possibility of the system having, from the instant in question, more than one possible course of evolution; i.e. the possibility of it being an evolution node. This analysis shows that some supertasks presented as deterministic in Perez Laraudogoitia (2007) are in fact indeterministic and specifies the difficulties ahead in showing the radical indeterminism suggested by Atkinson & Johnson (2009).
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8. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
Carlos Ortiz de Landázuri Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stand on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb
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9. Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia: Volume > 24 > Issue: 2
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