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THEORIA. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 2009, 24 2

Author: Xavier de Donato-Rodríguez

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THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia ISSN: 0495-4548 theoria@ehu.es Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea España de Donato-Rodríguez, Xavier Introduction THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, vol.
24, núm.
2, 2009, p.
133 Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Donostia-San Sebastián, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=339730809001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Introduction Xavier de Donato-Rodríguez BIBLID [0495-4548 (2009) 24: 65; pp.
133] Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) has been one of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century.
From The Structure of Appearance to Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences (written with C.Z.
Elgin), his work has been proved to be very influential in logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and aesthetics.
This issue is a collection of five papers made in his honour, having to do with different aspects of his philosophy and showing the relevance of his work for the current philosophical discussion. Construction and reduction are topics which Goodman deals with in his work. They are intimately related.
Strictly speaking, Goodman was not a reductionist, he was rather skeptical about the possibility of a strict reduction in science or elsewhere, not surely about its utility.
The notion of extensional isomorphism was considered by him a more interesting and powerful tool.
It plays a crucial role in his constructional programme.
In the first article of the issue, “Construction and Cognition”, Elgin sets out the reasons why Goodman was not a reductionist (at least in the strict sense of the word) and shows the ...





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