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Cohen, R. S. (Robert Sonné)

Overview
Works: 370 works in 1,352 publications in 5 languages and 22,386 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Honoree, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Compiler, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: Q174, 501
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Most widely held works by R. S Cohen
Ernst Mach, physicist and philosopher by R. S Cohen( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., 27 December 1966, a symposium was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernst Mach, the physicist who was vitally concerned about philosophical foundations. It was arranged by Section B on Physics, and co-sponsored by Section L on the History and Philosophy of Science, as well as by the History of Science Society. Dr. Allen W. Astin, Vice-President of the Association and Director of the National Bureau of Standards, presided. Representing the Austrian ambassador, Dr. Ernst Lemberger, a few opening remarks on his behalf were made by Dr. Walter Hietsch. Also present was Dr. Ernest A. Lederer, a grandson of Ernst Mach. The contributors, to the symposium, mostly physicists, represented different backgrounds and differing points of view; they presented their review of Mach's work primarily in the light of subsequent developments. They all, however, share a common interest in the life and works of Ernst Mach. Two of them, Otto BlUh and Peter G. Bergmann, received their doctoral degrees in theoretical physics from the University of Prague. Karl Menger received his doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Vienna (he is responsible for the latest edition [1960] of Mach's celebrated The Science of Mechanics: A Critical and Historical Account of its Development, for which he prepared a new Introduction)
Essays in memory of Imre Lakatos by R. S Cohen( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and Dutch and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methodological and historical essays in the natural and social sciences by R. S Cohen( Book )

21 editions published in 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modem philosophy of science has turned out to be a Pandora's box. Once opened, the puzzling monsters appeared: not only was the neat structure of classical physics radically changed, but a variety of broader questions were let loose, bearing on the nature of scientific inquiry and of human knowledge in general. Philosophy of science could not help becoming epistemological and historical, and could no longer avoid metaphysical questions, even when these were posed in disguise. Once the identification of scientific methodology with that of physics had been queried, not only did biology and psychology come under scrutiny as major modes of scientific inquiry, but so too did history and the social sciences - particularly economics, sociology and anthropology. And now, new 'monsters' are emerging - for example, medicine and political science as disciplined inquiries. This raises anew a much older question, namely whether the conception of science is to be distinguished from a wider conception of learning and inquiry? Or is science to be more deeply understood as the most adequate form of learning and inquiry, whose methods reach every domain of rational thought? Is modern science matured reason, or is it simply one historically adapted and limited species of western reason? In our colloquia at Boston University, over the past fourteen years, we have been probing and testing the scope of philosophy of science
Epistemological writings : the Paul Hertz/Moritz Schlick centenary edition of 1921 with notes and commentary by the editors by Hermann von Helmholtz( Book )

21 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and Dutch and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logical and epistemological studies in contemporary physics by R. S Cohen( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical foundations of science : proceedings of Section L, 1969, American Association for the Advancement of Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science( Book )

20 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the 1969 annual meeting of the American Association for the Ad vancement ofScience, held in Boston on December 27-29, a sequence of symposia on the philosophical foundations of science was organized jointly by Section L of the Association and the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science. Section L is devoted to the history, philos ophy, logic and sociology of science, with broad connotations extended both to 'science' and to 'philosophy'. With collaboration generously extended by other and more specialized Sections of the AAAS, the Section L program took an unusually rich range of topics, and indeed the audiences were large, and the discussions lively. This book, regrettably delayed in publication, contains the major papers from those symposia of 1969. In addition, it contains the distin guished George Sarton Memorial Lecture of that meeting, 'Boltzmann, Monocycles and Mechanical Explanation' by Martin J. Klein. Some additions and omissions should be noted: In Part 1, dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci, we have been una bie to include a contrihution by Elmer Belt who was prevented by storms from participating. In Part II, on physics and the explanation of life, we were unable to persuade Isaac Asimov to overcome his modesty about the historical remarks he made under the title 'Arrhenius Revisited'
Empiricism and sociology by Otto Neurath( Book )

23 editions published in 1973 in 4 languages and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the last day of his life, Otto Neurath had given help to a Chinese philosopher who was writing about Schlick. Only an hour before his death he said to me: "Nobody will do such a thing for me." My answer then was: "Never mind, you have Bilston, isn't that better?" There were con sultations in new housing schemes, an exhibition, and hopes for a fruitful relationship of longer duration. I did not dream at that time that I would one day work on a book like this. The idea came from Horace M. Kallen, of the New School for Social Research, New York, years later; to encourage me he sent me his selection from William James' writings. Later I met Robert S. Cohen. Carnap had sent him to me with the message: "If you want to find out what my political views were in the twenties and thirties, read Otto Neurath's books and articles of that time; his views were also mine." In this way Robert Cohen became ac quainted with Otto Neurath. Even more: he became interested; and when I asked him, would he help me as an editor of an Otto N eurath volume, he agreed at once. In previous years I had already asked a number of Otto Neurath's friends to write down for me what they especially remembered about him
For Dirk Struik : scientific, historical, and political essays in honor of Dirk J. Struik by R. S Cohen( Book )

20 editions published in 1974 in 3 languages and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bevat: Annie Romein-Verschoor : Wat is burgerlijk? Analysis of a dutch concept
Hegel and the sciences( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Dutch and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical sciences and history of physics by R. S Cohen( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays on the conceptual understanding of modern physics strike directly at some of the principal difficulties faced by contemporary philos ophers of physical science. Moreover, they reverberate to earlier and classical struggles with those difficulties. Each of these essays may be seen as both a commentary on our predecessors and an original analytic interpretation. They come from work of the past decade, most from meetings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, and they demonstrate again how problematic the fundamentals of our understanding of nature still are. The themes will seem to be familiar but the variations are not only ingenious but also stimulating, in some ways counterpoint. And so once again we are confronted with issues of space and time, irreversibility and measurement, matter and process, hypothetical reality and verifiability, explanation and reduction, phenomenal base and sophisticated theory, unified science and the unity of nature, and the limits of conventionalism. We are grateful for the cooperation of our contributors, and in particular for the agreement of George Ellis and C. F. von Weizsiicker to allow us to use previously published papers
Time, causality, and the quantum theory : studies in the philosophy of science by Henry Mehlberg( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, logic, and method by R. S Cohen( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Dutch and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fundamental problems of the uses of formal techniques and of natural and instrumental practices have been raised again and again these past two decades, in many quarters and from varying viewpoints. We have brought a number of quite basic studies of these issues together in this volume, not linked con ceptually nor by any rigorously defined problematic, but rather simply some of the most interesting and even provocative of recent research accomplish ments. Most of these papers are derived from the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science during 1973-80, the two exceptions being those of Karel Berka (on scales of measurement) and A. A. Zinov'ev (on a non-tradi tional theory of quantifiers). Just how intriguing these results (or conjectures?) seem to us may be seen from some brief quotations: (1) Judson Webb: " . . . . the abstract machine concept has many of the appropriate kinds of properties for modelling living, reproducing, rule following, self-reflecting, accident-prone, and lucky creatures . . . the a priori logical results relevant to the abstract machine concept, above all Godel's, could not conceivably have turned out any better for the mechanist. " (2) M. L. Dalla Chiara: " . . . modal interpretation (of quantum logic) shows clearly that it possesses a logical meaning which is quite independent of quantum mechanics. " (3) Isaac Levi: (as against Peirce and Popper) " . . . infallibilism is con sistent with corrigibilism, and a view which respects avoidance of error is an important desideratum for science
Epistemology, methodology, and the social sciences by R. S Cohen( Book )

12 editions published in 1983 in 3 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last decades have seen major reformations in the philosophy and history of science. What has been called 'post-positivist' philosophy of science has introduced radically new concerns with historical, social, and valuative components of scientific thought in the natural sciences, and has raised up the demons of relativism, subjectivism and sociologism to haunt the once calm precincts of objectivity and realism. Though these disturbances intruded upon what had seemed to be the logically well-ordered domain of the philoso phy of the natural sciences, they were no news to the social sciences. There, the messy business of human action, volition, decision, the considerations of practical purposes and social values, the role of ideology and the problem of rationality, had long conspired to defeat logical-reconstructionist programs. The attempt to tarne the social sciences to the harness of a strict hypothetico deductive model of explanation failed. Within the social sciences, phenome nological, Marxist, hermeneuticist, action-theoretical approaches vied in attempting to capture the distinctiveness of human phenomena. In fact, the philosophy of the natural sciences, even in its 'hard' forms, has itself become infected with the increasing reflection upon the role of such social-scientific categories, in the attempt to understand the nature of the scientific enterprise
Scientific philosophy today : essays in honor of Mario Bunge by Joseph Agassi( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On scientific discovery : the Erice lectures 1977 by Mirko D Grmek( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected papers of Léon Rosenfeld by L Rosenfeld( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decision to undertake this volume was made in 1971 at Lake Como during the Varenna summer school ofthe Italian Physical Society, where Professor Leon Rosenfeld was lecturing on the history of quantum theory. We had long been struck by the unique blend of epistemological, histori cal and social concerns in his work on the foundations and development of physics, and decided to approach him there with the idea of publishing a collection of his papers. He responded enthusiastically, and agreed to help us select the papers; furthermore, he also agreed to write a lengthy introduction and to comment separately on those papers that he felt needed critical re-evaluation in the light of his current views. For he was still vigorously engaged in both theoretical investigations of, and critical not reflections on the foundations of theoretical physics. We certainly did conceive of the volume as a memorial to a 'living saint', but rather more practically, as a useful tool to place in the hands of fellow workers and students engaged in wrestling with these difficult problems. All too sadly, fate has added a memorial aspect to our labors. We agreed that in order to make this book most useful for the con temporary community of physicists and philosophers, we should trans late all non-English items into English
Science, politics, and social practice : essays on Marxism and science, philosophy of culture and the social sciences : in honor of Robert S. Cohen( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analogy in Indian and Western philosophical thought by David B Zilberman( Book )

13 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compared to eastern and especially classical Indian interpretations, analogy is presented by the author as an important and in many ways primary method of philosophizing or philosophy-building. This method is also applied in linguistics, logic, and social analysis. This book deals with these applications
Hans Christian rsted and the romantic legacy in science : ideas, disciplines, practices by Robert Michael Brain( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Rethinking Popper by Zuzana Parusnikov( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features topics that cover Karl Popper's views on rationality, scientific methodology, the evolution of knowledge and democracy. This work discusses the impact of his ideas in such areas as education, economics, psychology, biology, or ethics. It shows the vitality of critical rationalism in addressing and responding to the problems of this world
 
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Essays in memory of Imre Lakatos
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Cohen, R. S.

Cohen, R.S. 1923-

Cohen, Robert S.

Cohen, Robert S. (Robert Sonn)

Cohen, Robert Sonn

Cohen, Robert Sonn 1923-

Kon, Robert S.

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Essays in memory of Imre LakatosEpistemological writings : the Paul Hertz/Moritz Schlick centenary edition of 1921 with notes and commentary by the editorsLogical and epistemological studies in contemporary physicsPhilosophical foundations of science : proceedings of Section L, 1969, American Association for the Advancement of ScienceEmpiricism and sociologyFor Dirk Struik : scientific, historical, and political essays in honor of Dirk J. StruikHegel and the sciencesPhysical sciences and history of physics