Literature/1947/Northrop

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Northrop, F. S. C. (1947). The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities. New York: Meridian Books.

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ContentsEdit

  • The Initiation of Inquiry
  • The Analysis of the Problem
  • The Natural History Stage of Inquiry
  • The Stage of Deductively Formulated Theory
  • The Possible Concepts by Intuition and Concepts by Postulation as a Basic Terminology for Comparative Philosophy
  • The Two Kinds of Deductively Formulated Theory
  • Epistemic Correlations and Operational Definitions
  • The Method and Theories of Physical Science in Their Bearing on Biological Organization
  • The Functions and Future of Poetry
  • Body and Mind
  • The Concept of Probability in Quantum Mechanics
  • Causality in Field Physics in Its Bearing upon Biological Causation
  • The Method and Limited Predictive Power of Classical Economic Science
  • Generalizations in Social Science
  • Pareto's General Sociology
  • The Ideological Problems of Social Science
  • The Criterion of the Good State
  • Philosophical Method and World Peace
  • Toward a Bill of Rights for the United Nations
  • Educational Method for World Understanding
  • The Scientific Method for Determining the Normative Social Theory of Ends of Human Action
  • The Physical Sciences, Philosophy and Human Values
  • The Methods and Grounds of Religious Knowledge
  • Logic and Civilization.

Main featuresEdit

Concepts by intuition and by postulation

A concept by intuition is one which denotes, and the complete meaning of which is given by, something which is immediately apprehended. Northrop gives blue in "the sense of the sensed color" as an example of a concept by intuition. [...]

The other kind is concepts by postulation. A concept by postulation is one the meaning of which in whole or in part is designated by the postulates of the deductive theory in which it occurs. Blue in the sense of the frequency or wavelength in electromagnetic theory is a concept by postulation.

From w: F. S. C. Northrop

Comparison

ReprintsEdit

Reprinted by Ox Bow Press, in 1979, together with:

  • Science and First Principles, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931.
  • The Meeting of East and West: An Inquiry Concerning World Understanding. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1946.

ReviewsEdit

  • JSTOR, 1948 [1]
  • APA abstract, 2010 [2]
  • Christopher Chantrill, 2005 [3]

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