Show Less
Restricted access

Science – A Challenge to Philosophy?


Heikki J. Koskinen, Sami Pihlström and Risto Vilkko

This volume is based on papers presented at the XV Internordic Philosophical Symposium in Helsinki in May, 2004. It covers a number of important and timely philosophical issues: naturalism – its strengths, weaknesses, and limits – in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science; the relation between philosophical and scientific methodology; the ethics of science and, more generally, the place of science in society; the relation between the natural sciences and the humanities; as well as the ways in which scientific progress may challenge traditional philosophical concepts and problems and, on the other hand, the ways in which philosophical arguments and/or artistic innovations – or philosophical interpretations of them – may challenge some claims made in the name of science. In addition to several Scandinavian authors, a number of leading philosophers from outside the Nordic countries are among the contributors to this volume. This collection of original articles thus contributes to the current lively philosophical debates on the relations between science, philosophy, and society.
Contents: Mats Bergman: Common Experience, Scientific Intelligence, and the Literary Spirit. Reflections on Charles S. Peirce’s Conception of Philosophy – Juha Himanka: Phenomenology - a Challenge to Science – Ingvar Johansson: The Constituent Function Analysis of Functions – Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen: Thomas Kuhn - Last Logical Empiricist or First Post-Empiricist? – Ólafur Páll Jónsson: Ontology of Science and Common Sense Ontology – Harri Sahavirta: Should Philosophy of Science Conform to Scientific Practices? – Arto Siitonen: Science and Philosophy - A Map of the Field – Gunnar Svensson: Still Room for Philosophy of Mind? – Daniel von Wachter: Why the Argument from Causal Closure Against the Existence of Immaterial Things is Bad – Kenneth R. Westphal: Science and the Philosophers – Martin Gustafsson: Quine and Wittgenstein on the Dissolution of Philosophical Problems – Jussi Haukioja: Naturalism and the Normativity of Meaning – Lars-Göran Johansson: Naturalism, Induction and Laws – Antti Keskinen: The Problem of Referential Meaning in Quine’s Philosophy of Language – Heikki J. Koskinen: Quinean Naturalism and the Metaphysical Turn – Jonathan Knowles: Non-Scientific Naturalism? – Markus Lammenranta: Is Naturalism Question-Begging? – Pentti Määttänen: Naturalism: Hard and Soft – Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen: Early Cognitive Science - A Challenge to Analytic Philosophy? – Antti Saaristo: Intentional Action and the Limits of Scientific Naturalism: Davidson’s Alleged Refutation of the Logical Connection Argument – Jarkko Vilkkilä: Naturalized Epistemology Challenging Philosophy – Kate Larson: Iris Murdoch’s Naturalism – Cheryl Misak: Truth in Science and Ethics – Mogens Pahuus: Philosophy and the Science of Literature – Sami Pihlström: Death, Rationality, and Irrationality: Challenging Science and Conceptual Categorization through Horror Fiction – Panu Raatikainen: The Scope of Value-Freedom in Science – Kristina Rolin: Social Epistemology of Scientific Inquiry.