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
Editor: Niiniluoto, Ilkka; Pihlström, Sami
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
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
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.
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