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Cohen, R. S. (Robert Sonné)

Overview
Works: 488 works in 1,584 publications in 5 languages and 23,594 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Honoree, Publishing director, Compiler, Author of introduction, 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 )

20 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 551 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 )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and Dutch and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

22 editions published in 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 489 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 )

23 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and Dutch and held by 470 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 )

21 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empiricism and sociology by Otto Neurath( Book )

23 editions published in 1973 in 4 languages and held by 437 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
Time, causality, and the quantum theory : studies in the philosophy of science by Henry Mehlberg( Book )

26 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bevat: Annie Romein-Verschoor : Wat is burgerlijk? Analysis of a dutch concept
Physical sciences and history of physics by R. S Cohen( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 408 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
Hegel and the sciences( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Dutch and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Dutch and held by 391 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 )

13 editions published between 1973 and 1983 in English and Dutch and held by 380 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 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methodology, metaphysics, and the history of science : in memory of Benjamin Nelson by R. S Cohen( Book )

14 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection of papers that were presented (or nearly so!) to the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science during the seventies fairly re presents some of the most disturbing issues of scientific knowledge in these years. To the distant observer, it may seem that the defense of rational standards, objective reference, methodical self-correction, even the distin guishing of the foolish from the sensible and the truth-seeking from the ideological, has nearly collapsed. In fact, the defense may be seen to have shifted; the knowledge business came under scrutiny decades ago and, indeed, from the time of Francis Bacon and even far earlier, the practicality of the discovery of knowledge was either hailed or lamented. So the defense may be founded on the premise that science may yet be liberating. In that case, the analysis of philosophical issues expands to embrace issues of social interest and social function, of instrumentality and arbitrary perspective, of biological constraints (upon knowledge as well as upon the species-wide behavior of human beings in other relationships too), of distortions due to explanatory metaphors and imposed categories, and of radical comparisons among the perspectives of different civilizations. Some of our contributors are frankly programmatic, showing how problems must be formulated afresh, how evasions must be identified and omissions rectified, but they do not reach their own completion
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 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 153 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 Ørsted and the romantic legacy in science : ideas, disciplines, practices by Robert Michael Brain( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Economic writings : selections, 1904-1945 by Otto Neurath( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book makes available for the first time in English a substantial part of Otto Neurath's economic writings. The essays and small monographs translated here extend from his student years to his last ever finished piece. They chart not only Neurath's varied interests in the economic history of antiquity, in war economics and schemes for the socialisation of peacetime economies, in the theory of welfare measures and social indicators and in issues of the theory of collective choice, but also show his philosophical interests emerging in his contributions to seminal debates of the German Social Policy Association. This volume shows that Neurath's important contributions to the socialist calculation debate are but one aspect of a many-sided and original oeuvre
 
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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 Sonné)

Cohen, Robert Sonné

Cohen, Robert Sonné 1923-

Koèn, 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 sociologyTime, causality, and the quantum theory : studies in the philosophy of scienceFor Dirk Struik : scientific, historical, and political essays in honor of Dirk J. StruikPhysical sciences and history of physics