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Bunge, Mario 1919-

Works: 366 works in 1,980 publications in 7 languages and 25,769 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Compiler, Translator, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: Q175, 122
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Most widely held works by Mario Bunge
Causality; the place of the causal principle in modern science by Mario Bunge( Book )

64 editions published between 1959 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of physics by Mario Bunge( Book )

34 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with some of the current issues in the philosophy, methodology and foundations of physics. Some such problems are: - Do mathematical formalisms interpret themselves or is it necessary to adjoin them interpretation assumptions, and if so how are these as sumptions to be framed? - What are physical theories about: physical systems or laboratory operations or both or neither? - How are the basic concepts of a theory to be introduced: by ref erence to measurements or by explicit definition or axiomatically? - What is the use ofaxiomatics in physics? - How are the various physical theories inter-related: like Chinese boxes or in more complex ways? - What is the role of analogy in the construction and in the inter pretation of physical theories? In particular, are classical analogues like those of particle and wave indispensable in quantum theories? - What is the role of the apparatus in quantum phenomena and what is the place of measurement theory in quantum mechanics? - How does a theory face experiment: single-handed or with the help of further theories? These and several other questions of the kind are met with by the research physicist, the physics teacher and the physics student in their everyday work. If dodged they will recur. And a wrong answer to them may obscure the understanding of what has been achieved and may even hamper further advancement. Philosophy, methodology and foundations, like rose bushes, are enjoyable when cultivated but become ugly and thorny when neglected
Metascientific queries by Mario Bunge( Book )

110 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mind-body problem : a psychobiological approach by Mario Bunge( Book )

20 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific research by Mario Bunge( Book )

56 editions published in 1967 in 4 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding philosophy in social science by Mario Bunge( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bunge analyzes concepts that the fields of philosophy and social science share, such as fact, cause, and value. He discusses assumptions and misassumptions involved in such current approaches as idealism, materialism, and subjectivism, and finds that none of the best-known philosophies helps to advance or even understand social science. In a highly critical appraisal of rational choice theories, Bunge insists that these models provide no solid substantive theory of society, nor do they help guide rational action. He offers ten criteria by which to evaluate philosophies of social science and proposes novel solutions to social science's methodological and philosophical problems. He argues forcefully that a particular union of rationalism, realism, and systemism is the logical and viable philosophical stance for social science practitioners
Rutherford and physics at the turn of the century( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intuition and science by Mario Bunge( Book )

22 editions published between 1962 and 1975 in English and Spanish and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum theory and reality; [papers] by Mario Bunge( Book )

24 editions published in 1967 in English and German and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tum of the Tide During centuries physicists were supposed to be studying the physical world. Since the turn of the century this assumption has often been challenged as naive: it was proclaimed that physics is not about the external world but about observers and their manipUlations: that it is meaningless to talk of anything else than observation devices and opera tions: that the laws of physics concern our knowledge rather than the external world. This view of the nature of physical science has old roots in philo sophy but it was independently reinvented by a number of philosophi cally inclined physicists, notably ERNST MACH. These scientists were disgusted with the school philosophies and they were alarmed by the increasing number of physical concepts which they regarded as meta physical or beyond experimental control, such as those of absolute motion, ether, electromagnetic field, and molecule. Reasonably enough, they wished to keep physics testable. To accomplish this goal they adopted the safe method, namely to banish every idea that could not be closely tied to observation. In this way they certainly avoided the risks of untestable speculation but they also failed to enjoy the benefits of theoretical invention. Furthermore they instituted unawares a new meta physics that was to dominate the philosophy of physics for half a century: the metaphysics according to which the world is made of sense experience
Method, model, and matter by Mario Bunge( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays deals with three clusters of problems in the philo sophy of science: scientific method, conceptual models, and ontological underpinnings. The disjointedness of topics is more apparent than real, since the whole book is concerned with the scientific knowledge of fact. Now, the aim of factual knowledge is the conceptual grasping of being, and this understanding is provided by theories of whatever there may be. If the theories are testable and specific, such as a theory of a particular chemical reaction, then they are often called 'theoretical models' and clas sed as scientific. If the theories are extremely general, like a theory of syn thesis and dissociation without any reference to a particular kind of stuff, then they may be called 'metaphysical' - as well as 'scientific' if they are consonant with science. Between these two extremes there is a whole gamut of kinds of factual theories. Thus the entire spectrum should be dominated by the scientific method, quite irrespective of the subject matter. This is the leitmotiv of the present book. The introductory chapter, on method in the philosophy of science, tackles the question 'Why don't scientists listen to their philosophers?'
Causality and modern science by Mario Bunge( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The causal problem has become topical once again. While we are no longer causalists or believers in the universal truth of the causal principle we continue to think of causes and effects, as well as of causal and noncausal relations among them. Instead of becoming indeterminists we have enlarged determinism to include noncausal categories. And we are still in the process of characterizing our basic concepts and principles concerning causes and effects with the help of exact tools. This is because we want to explain, not just describe, the ways of things. The causal principle is not the only means of understanding the world but it is one of them.The demand for a fourth edition of this distinguished book on the subject of causality is clear evidence that this principle continues to be an important and popular area of philosophic enquiry. Non-technical and clearly written, this book focuses on the ontological problem of causality, with specific emphasis on the place of the causal principle in modern science. Mario Bunge first defines the terminology employed and describes various formulations of the causal principle. He then examines the two primary critiques of causality, the empiricist and the romantic, as a prelude to the detailed explanation of the actual assertions of causal determinism.Bunge analyzes the function of the causal principle in science, touching on such subjects as scientific law, scientific explanation, and scientific prediction. In so doing, he offers an education to layman and specialist alike on the history of a concept and its opponents. Professor William A. Wallace, author of "Causality and Scientific Explanation" said of an earlier edition of this work: "I regard it as a truly seminal work in this field."
Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics by Mario Bunge( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foundations of biophilosophy by Martin Mahner( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and German and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past three decades, the philosophy of biology has emerged from the shadow of the philosophy of physics to become a respectable and thriving philosophical subdiscipline. In their book, the authors take a fresh look at the life sciences and their philosophy from a strictly realist and emergentist-naturalist perspective. They outline a unified and science-oriented philosophical framework that enables them to clarify many foundational and philosophical issues in biology. Thus, this book should be of interest to both life scientists and philosophers and is suitable as a textbook for courses at the advanced levels as well as for independent study
Social science under debate : a philosophical perspective by Mario Bunge( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mario Bunge contends that social science research has fallen prey to a postmodern fascination with irrationalism and relativism. He urges social scientists to re-examine the philosophy and the methodology at the base of their discipline. Bunge calls for objective and relevant fact-finding, rigorous theorizing, and empirical testing, as well as morally sensitive and socially responsible policy design
Chasing reality : strife over realism by Mario Bunge( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chasing Reality deals with the controversies over the reality of the external world. Philosopher Mario Bunge offers an extended defence of realism, a critique of various forms of contemporary antirealism, and a sketch of his own version of realism, namely hylorealism. Bunge examines the main varieties of antirealism - Berkeley's, Hume's, and Kant's; positivism, phenomenology, and constructivism - and argues that all of these in fact hinder scientific research."--Jacket
Emergence and convergence : qualitative novelty and the unity of knowledge by Mario Bunge( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two problems continually arise in the sciences and humanities, according to Mario Bunge: parts and wholes and the origin of novelty. In Emergence and Convergence, he works to address these problems, as well as that of systems and their emergent properties, as exemplified by the synthesis of molecules, the creation of ideas, and social inventions. Along the way, Bunge examines further topical problems, such as the search for the mechanisms underlying observable facts, the limitations of both individualism and holism, the reach of reduction, the abuses of Darwinism, the rational choice-hermeneutics feud, the modularity of the brain vs. the unity of the mind, the cluster of concepts around 'maybe, ' the uselessness of many-worlds metaphysics and semantics, the hazards posed by Bayesianism, the nature of partial truth, the obstacles to correct medical diagnosis, and the formal conditions for the emergence of a cross-discipline. Bunge is not interested in idle fantasies, but about many of the problems that occur in any discipline that studies reality or ways to control it. His work is about the merger of initially independent lines of inquiry, such as developmental evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, and socio-economics. Bunge proposes a clear definition of the concept of emergence to replace that of supervenience and clarifies the notions of system, real possibility, inverse problem, interdiscipline, and partial truth that occur in all fields
Treatise on basic philosophy by Mario Bunge( Book )

43 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of science / From problem to theory by Mario Bunge( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of science / From explanation to justification by Mario Bunge( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two worlds : memoirs of a philosopher-scientist by Mario Bunge( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To go through the pages of the Autobiography of Mario Bunge is to accompany him through dozens of countries and examine the intellectual, political, philosophical and scientific spheres of the last hundred years. It is an experience that oscillates between two different worlds: the different and the similar, the professional and the personal. It is an established fact that one of his great loves was, and still is, science. He has always been dedicated to scientific work, teaching, research, and training men and women in multiple disciplines. Life lessons fall like ripe fruit from this book, bringing us closer to a concept, a philosophical idea, a scientific digression, which had since been uncovered in numerous notes, articles or books. Bunge writes about the life experiences in this book with passion, naturalness and with a colloquial frankness, whether they be persecutions, banishment, imprisonment, successes, would-be losses, emotions, relationships, debates, impressions or opinions about people or things. In his pages we pass by the people with whom he shared a fruitful century of achievements and incredible depths of thought. Everything is remembered with sincerity and humor. This autobiography is, in truth, Bunge on Bunge, sharing everything that passes through the sieve of his memory, as he would say. Mario's many grandchildren are a testament to his proud standing as a family man, and at the age of 96 he gives us a book for everyone: for those who value the memories that hold the trauma of his life as well as for those who share his passion for science and culture. Also, perhaps, for some with whom he has had disagreements or controversy, for he still deserves recognition for being a staunch defender of his convictions
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ブンゲ, M.

ブーンゲ, マリオ

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German (26)

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Metascientific queriesFinding philosophy in social scienceCausality and modern scienceFoundations of biophilosophySocial science under debate : a philosophical perspectiveChasing reality : strife over realismEmergence and convergence : qualitative novelty and the unity of knowledgeTreatise on basic philosophy