A priori and the philosophy of science: a new look on the old theories

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Transliteration of original Title: 
A priori i filosofiya nauki: novyy vzglyad na starye teorii
Author(s): 
Tatiana Sokolova
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 3 (Vol. 49)
Pages: 
225-229
Abstract: 

(Book Review: David J. Stump. Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori. Routledge: NY, Abingdon. 2015. 176 pp.)

The new book by Professor David J. Stump explores and develops the theories of the a priori, which are rarely considered in contemporary epistemology and philosophy of science: the theories of pragmatic and functional a priori, proposed in the early XX century by Clarence Irving Lewis and Arthur Pap. The author begins with the analysis of «constitutive elements of science» and Henri Poincaré’s conventionalism. He consistently and historically examines the approaches towards the theories of the a priori within the philosophy of science in the XX-XXI centuries, and also develops his own original approach to a priori based on the philosophy of science.

 

Keywords: 
a priori, pragmatic a priori, functional a priori, Arthur Pap, C.I. Lewis, philosophy of science
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Casullo A. Essays on A Priori Knowledge and Justification. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012. 344 p.

Casullo A., Thurow J.C. (ed.). The A Priori in Philosophy. Croydon: Oxford University Press. 2013. 328 p.

Grozdanoff B.D. A Priori Revisability in Science. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014. 195 p.

 Shaffer M.J., Veber M.L. (ed.) What Place for the A Priori? Chicago: Open Court.  384 p.

Stump D.J. Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori. Routledge: NY, Abingdon. 2015. 176 p.

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