From logic to art: themes from Nelson Goodman by Gerhard Ernst, Jakob Steinbrenner, Oliver R. Scholz

By Gerhard Ernst, Jakob Steinbrenner, Oliver R. Scholz

Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) was once one of many remarkable thinkers of the 20 th century. In a memorial word, Hilary Putnam considers him to be one of many or 3 maximum analytic philosophers of the post-World battle II interval. Goodman has left his mark in lots of fields of philosophical research: Epistemology, Philosophy of technological know-how, common sense, Metaphysics, the overall thought of Symbols, Philosophy of Languageand Philosophy of artwork, all were challenged and enriched through the issues he has proven up, the initiatives he constructed from them and the options he has steered. In August 2006 a number of Goodman aficionados met in Munich to have fun the Centennial. The court cases of the resultant overseas convention are documented during this quantity. The contributions attest the truth that Goodmans pondering nonetheless holds many treasures.

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Philosophy leads to revisions, and discovers errors in, for example, ordinary language categorisations. Goodman’s philosophy is critical in that sense in a way that Wittgenstein or ordinary language philosophy is not. For Goodman there are real philosophical problems that can and need to be solved, not just verbal confusion and language puzzles. Goodman’s nominalism, as well as much of the work in Languages of Art, his solution of the problem of induction and projection and especially 48 his work of Reconceptions in Philosophy is unified under the umbrella of the ideal language-conception of rational reconstruction and explication.

45 In contrast to the British Isles, there is a growing reception of Goodman’s work in many other European countries, especially in Scandinavia, Belgium and, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, in France (cf. g. Genette 1992, 1994; Morizot 1996; Pouivet 1996). In the German-speaking world the reception began very early. As early as in the 40ies Heinrich Scholz (1884-1956), then Professor for Philosophy at Münster University, asked Goodman to send him his first works in logic. ) In the Deutsche Literaturzeitung he tried to introduce The Structure of Appearance and Fact, Fiction, Forecast to the German audience (cf.

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