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 .

Titel: Eino Kaila's Scientific Philosophy
Författare: Korhonen, Anssi
Editor: Niiniluoto, Ilkka; Pihlström, Sami
Medarbetare: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Utgivare: Philosophical Society of Finland
Datum: 2012
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 27
Tillhör serie: Reappraisals of Eino Kaila's Philosophy
Tillhör serie: Acta philosophica Fennica
ISBN: 978-951-9264-75-2
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232605
Abstrakt: 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

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