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

Author: Catherine Z. ELGIN

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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 ELGIN, Catherine Z. Construction and Cognition THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, vol.
24, núm.
2, 2009, pp.
135146 Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Donostia-San Sebastián, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=339730809002 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 Construction and Cognition Catherine Z.
ELGIN BIBLID [0495-4548 (2009) 24: 65; pp.
135-146] ABSTRACT: The Structure of Appearance presents a phenomenalist system, constructing enduring visible objects out of qualia.
Nevertheless Goodman does not espouse phenomenalism.
This is not because he considers his system inadequate.
Although details remain to be filled in, he considers his system viable.
And he believes his constructional methods could readily yield extensions to other sensory realms.
Why isn’t Goodman a phenomenalist? This paper suggests an answer that illuminates Goodman’s views about the nature and functions of constructional systems, the prospects of reductionism, and the character of epistemology.
These non-standard views present attractive alternatives to currently popular positions. Keywords: Nelson Goodman, construction, reduction, phenomenalism, constructional systems. In The Structure of Appearance, Nelson Goodman presents a well worked out phenomenalist system which constructs enduring visible objects out of qualia.
Nevertheless Goodman does not espouse phenomenalism.
This is not because he considers his system somehow defective or inadequate.
Although details remain to be filled in, he considers his...





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