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Rescher, Nicholas

Works: 432 works in 2,930 publications in 2 languages and 129,474 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Biography  Introductions  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Author of introduction, Creator, Annotator, Honoree
Classifications: B1, 191
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American philosophical quarterly( )

in English and Undetermined and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

År 2000, Vol. 37, Hft. 4:
Luck : the brilliant randomness of everyday life by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 757 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
Process metaphysics : an introduction to process philosophy by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 540 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
Dialectics : a controversy-oriented approach to the theory of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Process philosophy : a survey of basic issues by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 495 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
On Leibniz by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Table of Contents<br><br>On Leibniz <br> by Rescher, Nicholas<br> <br><br>Terms of Use<br>Preface p. ix<br>1. Leibniz on Possible Worlds p. 1<br>2. Contingentia Mundi: Leibniz on the World’s Contingency p. 45<br>3. Leibniz on Intermonadic Relations p. 68<br>4. Leibniz and the Plurality of Space-Time Frameworks p. 92<br>5. Leibniz and the Concept of a System p. 106<br>6. The Epistemology of Inductive Reasoning in Leibniz p. 117<br>7. Leibniz, Keynes, and the Rabbis p. 127<br>8. The Contributions of the Paris Period (1672-1676) to Leibniz’s Metaphysics p. 148<br>9. Leibniz Finds a Niche (1676-1677) p. 162<br>10. Leibniz Visits Vienna (1712-1714) p. 199<br>11. Process Philosophy and Monadological Metaphysics p. 232<br>Postscript p. 243<br>Bibliography p. 247<br>Index p. 249<br>Copyright ® 2011 R.R. Bowker LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br><br>Summary<br><br>On Leibniz <br> by Rescher, Nicholas<br> <br><br><br>Terms of use<br>Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) possessed one of history’s great minds. The German philosopher, mathematician, and logician invented (independently of Sir Isaac Newton) calculus. His metaphysics bequeathed a set of problems and approaches that drove the course of Western philosophy, from Kant’s eighteenth century until the present day. For over fifty years, the study of Leibniz has been a consistent passion for distinguished philosopher Nicholas Rescher. On Leibniz offers eleven of his essays, written with signature clarity, exploring the aspects of Leibniz’s work and life that still resonate in the discipline of philosophy. Rescher’s essays are snapshots of Leibniz, lucidly drawn case studies that explain the fundamentals of his ontology: the theory of possible worlds, the world’s contingency, space-time frameworks, and intermonadic relationships. Several illuminating pieces reveal Leibniz as a substantial contributor to theories of knowledge. Discussions of his epistemology and methodology, its relationship to John Maynard Keynes and Talmudic scholarship, broaden the traditional view of Leibniz as a uniquely metaphysical thinker. Rescher also explores, in four absorbing biographical essays, Leibniz’s scholarly development and professional career in historical context. As a "philosopher courtier" to the Hanoverian court, Leibniz was associated with the leading intellectuals and politicians of his era, including Spinoza, Huygens, Newton, Queen Sophie Charlotte, and Czar Peter the Great. A concluding essay holds up Leibniz’s mode of philosophy as a role model for today’s scholars. Rescher argues that many current problems can be effectively addressed with principles of process philosophy along lines inspired by Leibniz’s monadology. On Leibniz is essential reading for students of Leibniz and Rescher alike.<br><br>Copyright ® 2011 R.R. Bowker LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br>
Epistemology : an introduction to the theory of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

18 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Error : on our predicament when things go wrong by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 309 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
Conditionals by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 286 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
Epistemic logic : a survey of the logic of knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 260 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
Philosophical dialectics : an essay on metaphilosophy by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 247 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
Philosophical inquiries : an introduction to problems of philosophy by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 239 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?
Scholastic meditations by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 230 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."--Jacket
Aporetics : rational deliberation in the face of inconsistency by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 223 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
Reality and its appearance by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 174 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
Finitude : a study of cognitive limits and limitations by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: Human finitude and its implications have long been one of the central themes of Western philosophy. The essays gathered together in this volume explore various facets of this not altogether pleasing fact with which we must realistically come to terms
Wishful thinking and other philosophical reflections by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 89 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
Rescher studies : a collection of essays on the philosophical work of Nicholas Rescher ; presented to him on the occasion of his 80th birthday by Robert Almeder( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: In a career extending over almost six decades, Nicholas Rescher has conducted researches in almost every principal area of philosophy, historical and systematic alike. In this extraordinary volume, two dozen scholars join in offering penetrating discussions of various facets of Rescher's investigations. The result is an instructively critical panorama of the many-faceted contributions of this important American philosopher. Born in Germany in 1928, Nicholas Rescher came to the U.S. at the age of nine. He is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where he has also served as Chairman of the Philosophy Department and as director (and currently chairman) of the Center for Philosophy of Science. In a productive research career extending over six decades, he has established himself as a systematic philosopher of the old style. His work represents a many-sided approach to fundamental philosophical issues that weaves together threads of thought from continental idealism and American pragmatism. And apart from this larger program Rescher has made various specific contributions to logic (the conception autodescriptive systems of many-sided logic), the history of logic (the medieval Arabic theory of modal syllogistic), to the theory of knowledge (epistemetrics as a quantitative approach in theoretical epistemology), and to the philosophy of science (the theory of a logarithmic retardation of scientific progress). Rescher has also worked in the area of futuristics, and along with Olaf Helmer and Norman Dalkey is co-inaugurator of the so-called Delphi method of forecasting. Ten books about Rescher's philosophy have been published in four languages. Rescher earned his doctorate at Princeton in 1951 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 Amer
On explaining existence by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 43 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
Epistemic merit : and other essays on human knowledge by Nicholas Rescher( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 42 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
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Alternative Names
Nicholas Rescher Amerikaans filosoof

Nicholas Rescher filósofo estadounidense

Nicholas Rescher philosophe américain

Nicholas Rescher US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Rescher, Klaus Helmut Erwin.

Rescher Klaus Helmut Erwin 1928-....

Rescher, N. 1928-

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Rīshar, Nīqūlā

Николас Решер американски филозоф

Николас Решер американский философ

ريشر، نيقولا

ريشر، نيكولاس، 1928-

نيقولا ريشر، 1928-

نيکولاس رشر فيلسوف أمريكي

نیکولاس رشر فیلسوف آمریکایی

레셔, 니컬러스

レッシャー, ニコラス


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Process metaphysics : an introduction to process philosophyProcess philosophy : a survey of basic issuesOn LeibnizEpistemology : an introduction to the theory of knowledgeError : on our predicament when things go wrongConditionalsEpistemic logic : a survey of the logic of knowledgePhilosophical dialectics : an essay on metaphilosophy