Eino Kaila's Scientific Philosophy

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Korhonen , A 2012 , Eino Kaila's Scientific Philosophy . in I Niiniluoto & S Pihlström (eds) , Reappraisals of Eino Kaila's Philosophy . Acta philosophica Fennica , vol. 89 , Philosophical Society of Finland , Helsinki .

Title: Eino Kaila's Scientific Philosophy
Author: Korhonen, Anssi
Other contributor: Niiniluoto, Ilkka
Pihlström, Sami
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Publisher: Philosophical Society of Finland
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Reappraisals of Eino Kaila's Philosophy
Belongs to series: Acta philosophica Fennica
ISBN: 978-951-9264-75-2
ISSN: 0355-1792
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232605
Abstract: This paper seeks to answer the question of what the Finnish philosopher Eino Kaila meant when he described his own philosophy as scientific. I argue that Kaila was a naturalist in a straightforward sense. Naturalism is not undermined by his logical empiricism: the core of scientific thought is its principled connection to experience, and Kaila adhered to logical empiricism only because he thought it could explain how the connection arose. Secondly, naturalism is not compromised by the logical empiricist conception of "formal sciences", either, for this was not part of Kaila’s deepest convictions about human knowledge. Thirdly, naturalism is even compatible with Kaila’s anti-reductionist monism. Finally, I argue that Kaila’s naturalism is anchored in his view that human knowledge is essentially a search for invariances.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
Peer reviewed: No
Usage restriction: openAccess
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