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Rescher, Nicholas

Works: 547 works in 3,486 publications in 3 languages and 150,948 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Introductions  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, htt, Other, Creator, Honoree, Publishing director, Translator, Annotator, 070
Classifications: BD372, 121
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Epistemology : an introduction to the theory of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( )

18 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luck : the brilliant randomness of everyday life by Nicholas Rescher( )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 1,984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author, a philosopher, offers examples from antiquity to the present of how luck or chance influences life and of how to come to terms with life in a chaotic world
Conditionals by Nicholas Rescher( )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 1,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book by philosopher Nicholas Rescher seeks to clarify the idea of what a conditional says by elucidating the information that is normally transmitted by its utterance. The result is a unified treatment of conditionals based on epistemological principles rather than the semantical principles in vogue over recent decades. This approach, argues Rescher, makes it easier to understand how conditionals actually function in our thought and discourse. In its concern with what language theorists call pragmatics - the study of the norms and principles governing our use of language in conveying information - Conditionals steps beyond the limits of logic as traditionally understood and moves into the realm claimed by theorists of artificial intelligence as they try to simulate our actual information-processing practices."--Jacket
Process metaphysics : an introduction to process philosophy by Nicholas Rescher( )

14 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rescher (philosophy, U. of Pittsburgh) offers a synoptic and compact introduction to the 20th-century American school of philosophy. After tracing the historical background from Heraclitus to Dewey, Whitehead, and Sheldon, he discusses the basic ideas, particulars, universals, the process philosophy
Philosophical dialectics : an essay on metaphilosophy by Nicholas Rescher( )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While the pursuit of philosophy "of" studies - of science, of art, of politics - has blossomed, the philosophy of philosophy remains a comparatively neglected domain. In this book, Nicholas Rescher fills this gap by offering a study in methodology aimed at providing a clear view of the scope and limits of philosophical inquiry. He argues that philosophy's inability to resolve all of the problems of the field does not preclude the prospect of achieving a satisfactory resolution of many or even most of them."--Jacket
Dialectics : a controversy-oriented approach to the theory of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The limits of science by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perfected science, according to Nicholas Rescher, is "not a realizable condition of things but an idealization that provides a useful contrast conception to highlight the limited character of what we do and can attain." Rescher's discussion focuses on the theoretical limits of science - concentrating on what science can discover, not what it should discover. He explores in detail the existence of limits or limitations on scientific inquiry, especially those that, in principle, preclude the full realization of the aims of science, as opposed to those that relate economic obstacles to scientific progress."--Jacket
On explaining existence by Nicholas Rescher( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No short book on the explanation of existence can afford the hubris of claiming to accomplish this task. And certainly no such claim can be or is being made here. What is at issue is not-and cannot be-an actual explanation. Rather, what is attempted here is at the very most a rough sketch of the conceptual architecture that an adequate explanation can be expected to exhibit. No more is achieved than a rough and general indication of the direction in which a satisfactory explanation can unfold. A vast amount of detail will have to be filled in to provide a tenable explanation. Only the rough sh
Scholastic meditations by Nicholas Rescher( )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The studies gathered in this volume seek to do homage to the spirit of Scholasticism. They address key issues in that tradition - some from a historical point of view, others from a more substantive standpoint."--BOOK JACKET
Epistemic merit : and other essays on human knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present book continues Rescher's longstanding practice of publishing groups of philosophical essays that originated in occasional lecture and conference presentations. Notwithstanding their topical diversity they exhibit a uniformity of method in a common attempt to view historically significant philosophical issues in the light of modern perspectives opened up through conceptual clarification
Philosophical deliberations by Nicholas Rescher( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical Deliberations continues for the 2011-12 biennium Rescher longstanding practice of publishing groups of philosophical essays. Notwithstanding their thematic diversity, these discussions exhibit a uniformity of method in addressing philosophical issues and a commonality of objective: the elucidation of philosophically pivotal ideas
On Leibniz by Nicholas Rescher( )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Leibniz examines many aspects of Leibniz's work and life. This expanded edition adds new chapters that explore Leibniz's revolutionary deciphering machine; his theoretical interest in cryptography and its ties to algebra; his thoughts on eternal recurrence theory; his rebuttal of the thesis of improvability in the world and cosmos; and an overview of American scholarship on Leibniz. Nicholas Rescher is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science
Epistemic logic : a survey of the logic of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( )

16 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Epistemic Logic examines the nature of knowledge, the conceptual ramifications of defining knowledge, and the reach and limits of what we know. As the branch of philosophy that formalizes the discourse on knowledge, epistemic logic seeks to articulate and clarify the general principles of reasoning about knowledge. Nicholas Rescher gives an overview of the discipline by setting out the general principles for reasoning about such matters as propositional knowledge and interrogative knowledge. Aimed at graduate students and specialists, it elucidates both Rescher's pragmatic view of knowledge and the field in general."--Jacket
Process philosophy : a survey of basic issues by Nicholas Rescher( )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Process Philosophy surveys the basic issues and controversies surrounding the philosophical approach known as "process philosophy." While providing a much needed explication of process philosophy, Rescher makes a persuasive argument for restoring it to its place in the mainstream of philosophical inquiry." "Process philosophy views temporality, activity, and change as the essential factors for our understanding of the real - process has priority over product, both ontologically and epistemically. Rescher examines the movement's historical origins as a major line of thought in the work of such philosophers as Heracleitus, Leibniz, Bergson, Peirce, William James, and especially A.N. Whitehead." "Written by one of our foremost philosophers, this new text will be especially welcomed by professors as a perspicuous and informative introduction to process philosophy."--Jacket
Error : on our predicament when things go wrong by Nicholas Rescher( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Error, Nicholas Rescher presents a fresh analysis of the occurrence, causality, and consequences of error in human thought, action, and evaluation. Rescher maintains that error-avoidance and truth-achievement are distinct but equally important factors for rational inquiry, and that error is inherent in the human cognitive process (to err is human). He defines three main categories of error cognitive (failure to realize truths); practical (failure related to the objective of an action): and axiological (failure in evaluation), and articulates the factors that contribute to each. His discussion also provides a historical perspective on the treatment of error by Greek philosophers and later thinkers such as Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, James, Royce, Moore, and Russell."--Jacket
Cosmos and Logos : studies in Greek philosophy by Nicholas Rescher( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six studies comprising this volume deal with some fundamental issues in early Greek thought: cosmic evaluation in Anaximander, the theory of opposites from the Pre-Socratics to Plato and Aristotle, thought experimentation in Pre-Socratic thought, the origins of Greek Scepticism among the Sophisists, the prehistory of "Buridan's Ass" speculation, and the role of esthesis in Aristotle's theory of science. In each case the early discussion seeks to show how certain ideas bore unexpected fruit during the subsequent development of philosophical thought. Born in Germany in 1928, Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where he is also Co-Chair of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He earned his doctorate at Princeton in 1951 in two year while still at the age of twenty-two-a record for Princeton's Department of Philosophy. He has served as a President of the American Philosophical Association, of the American Catholic Philosophy Association, of the American G. W. Leibniz Society, and of the C. S. Peirce Society and is currently president of the American Metaphysical Society. An honorary member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he has been elected to membership in the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea), the Institut International de Philosophie, and several other learned academies. Having held visiting lectureships at Oxford, Constance, Salamanca, Munich, and Marburg, he has been awarded fellowships by the Ford, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundations. Author of some hundred books ranging over many areas of philosophy, over a dozen of them translated into other languages, he is the recipient of six honorary degrees from universities on three continents, and was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984
Reality and its appearance by Nicholas Rescher( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Reality and Its Appearance, Nicholas Rescher aims to address the conceptual and analytical question: how does the concept of reality function and how should we think with regard to the issue of reality's relations to appearances? Rescher argues that the distinction between reality and its appearance is not a substantive distinction between two types of being, but rather relates to different ways of understanding one selfsame mode of being." "The book proposes that while realism is a sensible and tenable position, nevertheless there is something to be said for idealism as well. In the cognitive as in the moral life, perfection is beyond our human grasp and we have no choice but to rest content with the best that we can manage to achieve in practice. This perspective shifts the approach from a cognitive absolutism to a pragmatism that is prepared to come to terms with the limitations inherent in our situations. On this basis Rescher defends a substantive realism that itself rests on a justificatory rationale of a decidedly pragmatic orientation"--Jacket
Aporetics : rational deliberation in the face of inconsistency by Nicholas Rescher( )

14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The word apory stems from the Greek aporia, meaning impasse or perplexing difficulty. In Aporetics, Nicholas Rescher defines an apory as a group of individually plausible but collectively incompatible theses. Rescher examines historic, formulaic, and systematic apories and couples these with aporetic theory from other authors to form this original and comprehensive survey. Citing thinkers from the pre-Socratics through Spinoza, Hegel, and Nicolai Hartmann, he builds a framework for coping with the complexities of divergent theses, and shows in detail how aporetic analysis can be applied to a variety of fields including philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, logic, and intellectual history." "Rescher's in-depth examination reveals how aporetic inconsistency can be managed through a plausibility analysis that breaks the chain of inconsistency at its weakest link by deploying right-of-way precedence based on considerations of cognitive centrality. Thus while involvement with cognitive conflicts and inconsistencies are pervasive in human thought, aporetic analysis can provide an effective means of damage control."--Jacket
Philosophical inquiries : an introduction to problems of philosophy by Nicholas Rescher( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The task of philosophy -- Knowledge and scepticism -- Limits of science -- Realism/idealism -- Intelligent design -- Fallacies regarding free will -- Mind and matter -- Pragmatism and practical rationality -- The demands of morality -- By whose standards? -- Pluralism and concretization quandaries -- The power of ideals -- Science and religion -- On the improvability of the world -- Why philosophy?
Wishful thinking and other philosophical reflections by Nicholas Rescher( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During 2007/2008 Nicholas Rescher continued his longstanding practice of writing occasional studies on philosophical topics, both for formal presentation and for informal discussion with colleagues. While his forays of this kind have usually been issued in journal publications, this has not been so in the present case so that the studies offered here encompass substantially new material. Notwithstanding their thematic variation, these exemplify a problem-oriented method in the treatment of philosophical issues that is characteristic of Rescher's philosophical modus operandi and inherent in its endeavors to treat classical issues from novel points of view. For Rescher usually more concerned with what should be said about a philosophical question than with what X, Y, and Z have said about it, and he inclined to address issues of the latter sort primarily as a means for addressing the former."--Jacket
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Process metaphysics : an introduction to process philosophy
Luck : the brilliant randomness of everyday lifeConditionalsProcess metaphysics : an introduction to process philosophyPhilosophical dialectics : an essay on metaphilosophyThe limits of scienceScholastic meditationsOn LeibnizEpistemic logic : a survey of the logic of knowledge
Alternative Names
Nicholas Rescher Amerikaans filosoof

Nicholas Rescher filòsof estatunidenc

Nicholas Rescher filósofo estadounidense

Nicholas Rescher philosophe américain

Nicholas Rescher sacerdote tedesco

Nicholas Rescher US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Rescher, Klaus Helmut Erwin.

Rescher Klaus Helmut Erwin 1928-....

Rescher, N.

Rescher, N. 1928-

Rescher, Nicholas

Rescher, Nicolas.

Rescher, Nicolas 1928-

Rescher-Urquhart, .. 1928-

Rīshar, Nīqūlā

Николас Решер американски филозоф

Николас Решер американский философ

ريشر، نيقولا

ريشر، نيكولاس، 1928-

نيقولا ريشر، 1928-

نيكولاس رشر فيلسوف أمريكي

نیکولاس رشر فیلسوف آمریکایی

레셔, N. 1928-

레셔, 니컬러스 1928-

리쳐, 니콜라스 1928-

レッシャー, ニコラス

レッシャー, ニコラス‏ 1928-




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