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Spohn, Wolfgang

Works: 118 works in 340 publications in 2 languages and 2,856 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Translator
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Most widely held works by Wolfgang Spohn
Philosophy of economics : proceedings, Munich, July 1981 by Wolfgang Stegmüller( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last decade witnessed an unprecedented annual growth of the literature dealing with the philosophy of economics, as well as the first signs of an institutionalization (conferences, an international journal) of the philosophy of economics as a scientific subject in itself - in particular in the U.S. In 1981 a meeting took place with participants mainly of European "continental" origin. In July 1987, we organized a second conference "Philosophy of Economics II" at Tilburg Uni versity, The Netherlands, mainly aiming at the establishment of first contacts between the middle-European group and researchers from the U.S. The present volume contains the papers presented at this conference. Philosophical thought on economics in recent years split up in many different streams, two of which are represented in the larger part of this volume. The first of these streams was formed by a group of researchers mainly from middle-Europe, who make empirical studies of the logical structures of the different theories as they find them presented in economic literature. Two methods prevail here. First, the structuralist method, as exemplified in the writings of Sneed, Stegmiiller and others, of describing the object of a theory as a set of ("partial potential") models. Such models consist of sets and relationships between these sets, which represent the concepts used in the theory
The laws of belief : ranking theory and its philosophical applications by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wolfgang Spohn presents the first full account of the dynamic laws of belief, by means of ranking theory. This book is his long-awaited presentation of ranking theory and its ramifications. He motivates and introduces the basic notion of a ranking function, which recognises degrees of belief and at the same time accounts for belief simpliciter. He provides a measurement theory for ranking functions, accounts for auto-epistemology in ranking-theoretic terms, and explicates the basic notion of a (deductive or non-deductive) reason. The rich philosophical applications of Spohn's theory include: a new account of lawlikeness, an account of ceteris paribus laws, a new perspective on dispositions, a rich and detailed theory of deterministic causation, an understanding of natural modalities as an objectification of epistemic modalities, an account of the experiential basis of belief--and thus a restructuring of the debate on foundationalism and coherentism (and externalism and contextualism)--and, finally, a revival of fundamental a priori principles of reason fathoming the basics of empiricism and the relation between reason and truth, and concluding in a proof of a weak principle of causality. All this is accompanied by thorough comparative discussions, on a general level as well as within each topic, and in particular with respect to probability theory."--Publisher's website
Existence and explanation : essays presented in honor of Karel Lambert by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays is dedicated to 'Joe' Karel Lambert. The contributors are all personally affected to Joe in some way or other, but they are definitely not the only ones. Whatever excuses there are - there are some -, the editors apologize to whomever they have neglected. But even so the collection displays how influential Karel Lambert has been, personally and through his teaching and his writings. The display is in alphabetical order - with one exception: Bas van Fraassen, being about the earliest student of Karel Lambert, opens the collection with some reminiscences. Naturally, one of the focal points of this volume is Lambert's logical thinking and (or: freed of) ontological thinking. Free logic is intimately connected with description theory. Bas van Fraassen gives a survey of the development of the area, and Charles Daniels points to difficulties with definite descriptions in modal contexts and stories. Peter Woodruff addresses the relation between free logic and supervaluation semantics, presenting a novel condition which recovers desirable metatheoretic properties for free logic under that semantics. Terence Parsons shows how free logic can be utilized in interpreting sentences as purporting to denote events (true ones succeed and false ones fail) and how this helps to understand natural language
Causation, coherence, and concepts : a collection of essays by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

27 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wolfgang Spohn, born 1950, is one of the most distinguished analytic philosophers and philosophers of science of Germany, editor-in-chief of Erkenntnis for more than 13 years, author of two books and more than 60 papers covering a wide range: epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of science, philosophical logic, philosophy of language and mind, and the theory of practical rationality. This collection presents 15 of his most important essays on theoretical philosophy. The centre piece is his uniquely successful theory of the dynamics of belief, tantamount to an account of induction and nowadays widely acknowledged as 'ranking theory'. Like any account of induction, this theory has deep implications ingeniously elaborated in the papers included. They cover an account of deterministic and also probabilistic causation, initially subjectively relativized, but then objectivized in a projectivistic sense, and an account of explanation and of strict, of ceteris paribus, and of chance laws. They advance a coherentist epistemology, though giving foundationalist intuitions their due, and establish some coherence principles as a priori true, entailing even a weak principle of causality. They finally shed light on concept formation by more broadly embedding the epistemological considerations into the framework of two-dimensional semantics. All this is carried out with formal rigor when feasible."--BOOK JACKET
Rationality, rules, and structure by W Leinfellner( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Current issues in causation( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Bedeutung von "Bedeutung" by Hilary Putnam( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in German and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Putnam Philosophieren ist als ein Versuch zu sehen, zur umfassenden Position des logischen Empirismus eine ebenso umfassende Gegenposition zu entwickeln. Der Unfähigkeit der Empiristen, einen theorieunabhängigen Wahrheitsbegriff zu entwickeln, setzt Putnam einen "realistischen" Standpunkt entgegen: "Wissenschaftliche Aussagen sind meiner Meinung nach entweder wahr oder falsch ..., und ihre Wahrheit und Falschheit rührt nicht etwa daher, daß sie äußerst sublimierte Darstellungen von Regelmäßigkeiten in der menschlichen Erfahrung wären. Die Wirklichkeit ist nicht Teil des menschlichen Geistes; vielmehr ist der menschliche Geist Teil der Wirklichkeit, in der Tat ein winziger Teil." In dem hier übersetzten Aufsatz "The Meaning of Meaning", erstmals im Jahre 1975 veröffentlicht, hat Hilary Putnam die Grundlagen seines sprachphilosophischen Nachdenkens am ausführlichsten und in leicht faßlicher, nicht technischer Form dargestellt. Daher ist dieser Aufsatz auch denen ans Herz zu legen, die noch dabei sind, sich in die Sprachphilosophie hineinzufinden. (Quelle:
Erkenntnis orientated : a centennial volume for Rudolf Carnap and Hans Reichenbach by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and German and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rudolf Carnap was born on May 18, 1891, and Hans Reichenbach on September 26 in the same year. They are two of the greatest philosophers of this century, and they are eminent representatives of what is perhaps the most powerful contemporary philosophical movement. Moreover, they founded the journal Erkenntnis. This is ample reason for presenting, on behalf of Erkenntnis, a collection of essays in honor of them and their philosophical work. I am less sure, however, whether it is a good time for resuming their philosophical impact; their work still is rather part than historical basis of the present philosophical melting-pot. Their basic philosophical theses have currently, it may seem, not so high a standing, but their impact can be seen in numerous detailed issues; they have opened or pushed forward lively fields of research which are still very actively pursued not only within philosophy, but also in many neighboring disciplines. Whatever the present balance of opinions about their philosophical ideas, there is something even more basic in their philosophy than their tenets which is as fresh, as stimulating, as exemplary as ever. I have in mind their way of philosophizing, their conception of how to do philosophy. It is always a good time for reinforcing that conception; and if this volume would manage to do so, it would fully serve its purpose
Die Philosophie und die Wissenschaften by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in German and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grundlagen der Entscheidungstheorie by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in German and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Materialismus und Bewusstsein by David K Lewis( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ontologische Relativität und andere Schriften by W. V Quine( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logik in der Philosophie( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betriebsgemeinschaft und Volksgemeinschaft : die rechtliche und institutionelle Regelung der Arbeitsbeziehungen im NS-Staat by Wolfgang Spohn( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1987 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eine Theorie der Kausalität by Wolfgang Spohn( )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in German and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measuring ranks via the complete laws of iterated contraction( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Von Rang und Namen Essays in Honour of Wolfgang Spohn( )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and German and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationality, Rules, and Structure by Julian Nida-Rümelin( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is an obvious fact that human agency is constrained and structured by many kinds of rules: rules that are constitutive for communication, morality, persons, and society, and juridical rules. So the question is: what roles are played by social rules and the structural traits of human agency in rational decision making? What bearing does this have on the theory of practical rationality? These issues can only be discussed within an interdisciplinary setting, with researchers drawn from philosophy, decision theory and the economic and social sciences. The problem is of profound, fundamental concern to the social scientist and has attracted a great deal of intellectual effort. Contributors include distinguished researchers in their respective fields and the book thus presents state-of-the-art theory. It can also be used as a textbook in advanced philosophy, economics and social science classes
Interpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century by David Howie( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The term probability can be used in two main senses. In the frequency interpretation it is a limiting ratio in a sequence of repeatable events. In the Bayesian view, probability is a mental construct representing uncertainty. This book is about these two types of probability and investigates how, despite being adopted by scientists and statisticians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Bayesianism was discredited as a theory of scientific inference during the 1920s and 1930s. Through the examination of a dispute between two British scientists, the author argues that a choice between the two interpretations is not forced by pure logic or the mathematics of the situation, but depends on the experiences and aims of the individuals involved. The book should be of interest to students and scientists interested in statistics and probability theories and to general readers with an interest in the history, sociology and philosophy of science
Einführung in die Naturphilosophie by Michael Esfeld( )

1 edition published in 2017 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Existence and explanation : essays presented in honor of Karel Lambert
Alternative Names
Spohn, W.

Spohn, W. (Wolfgang)

Spohn, Werner

Wolfgang Spohn deutscher Philosoph und Hochschullehrer

Wolfgang Spohn Duits filosoof

Wolfgang Spohn filósofo alemán

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ولفگانگ اشپون فیلسوف آلمانی

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Causation, coherence, and concepts : a collection of essaysRationality, rules, and structureErkenntnis orientated : a centennial volume for Rudolf Carnap and Hans ReichenbachInterpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century