On Knowing--The Natural Sciences

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University of Chicago Press, 12.05.2018 - 420 Seiten
Well before the current age of discourse, deconstruction, and multiculturalism, Richard McKeon propounded a philosophy of pluralism showing how "facts" and "values" are dependent on diverse ways of reading texts. This book is a transcription of an entire course, including both lectures and student discussions, taught by McKeon. As such, it provides an exciting introduction to McKeon's conception of pluralism, a central aspect of neo-Pragmatism, while demonstrating how pluralism works in a classroom setting.

In his lectures, McKeon outlines the entire history of Western thinking on the sciences. Treating the central concepts of motion, space, time, and cause, he traces modern intellectual debates back to the ancient Greeks, notably Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, and the Sophists. As he brings the story of Western science up to the twentieth century, he uses his fabled semantic schema (reproduced here for the first time) to uncover new ideas and observations about cosmology, mechanics, dynamics, and other aspects of physical science.

Illustrating the broad historical sweep of the lectures are a series of discussions which give detail to the course's intellectual framework. These discussions of Plato, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Maxwell are perhaps the first published rendition of a philosopher in literal dialogue with his students. Led by McKeon's pointed questioning, the discussions reveal the difficulties and possibilities of learning to engage in serious intellectual communication.

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Lecture 1 An Introduction to Philosophic Problems
1
Lecture 2 Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences
12
Discussion Plato Timaeus
25
Method
60
Method Part 2 and Principle
72
Discussion Aristotle Physics
84
Interpretation
118
Discussion Galileo Two New Sciences
130
Interpretation Method and Principle
330
Discussion Review
342
Class Schedule
357
Selected Lecture Notes on Necessity Probability and Nature
359
Selected Lecture Notes on Democritus and the Sophists
362
Selected Lecture Notes on Cause
364
Complete Lecture Notes for Lecture 10
368
Discussion Notes For Einstein
373

Selection
185
Selection Part 2
194
Discussion Newton Principia Mathematica
208
Method Interpretation and Principle
281
Method Interpretation and Principle
292
Discussion Maxwell Matter and Motion
304
Final Examinations
378
Schema of Philosophic Semantics
380
Notes
381
Index
395
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