On Logic and the Theory of Science (Paperback)

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By Jean Cavailles, Gaston Bachelard (Foreword by), Georges Canguilhem (Introduction by)
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A new translation of the final work of French philosopher Jean Cavaill's.

In this short, dense essay, Jean Cavaill's evaluates philosophical efforts to determine the origin--logical or ontological--of scientific thought, arguing that, rather than seeking to found science in original intentional acts, a priori meanings, or foundational logical relations, any adequate theory must involve a history of the concept.

Cavaill's insists on a historical epistemology that is conceptual rather than phenomenological, and a logic that is dialectical rather than transcendental. His famous call (cited by Foucault) to abandon a philosophy of consciousness for a philosophy of the concept was crucial in displacing the focus of philosophical enquiry from aprioristic foundations toward structural historical shifts in the conceptual fabric.
This new translation of Cavaill s's final work, written in 1942 during his imprisonment for Resistance activities, presents an opportunity to reencounter an original and lucid thinker. Cavaill s's subtle adjudication between positivistic claims that science has no need of philosophy, and philosophers' obstinate disregard for actual scientific events, speaks to a dilemma that remains pertinent for us today. His affirmation of the authority of scientific thinking combined with his commitment to conceptual creation yields a radical defense of the freedom of thought and the possibility of the new.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781733628105
ISBN-10: 173362810X
Publisher: Urbanomic/Sequence Press
Publication Date: April 27th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English