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Method, Model and Matter (Synthese Library) 1973rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-9027702524
ISBN-10: 9027702527
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Comment: Hard cover: 1973. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. Ex-library with expected stamps, pasteing and withdrawal notations. No dust jacket. Text is clean, tight, with no underlining or corner bumps. Minor edge rubbing at corner points. 1/2" ink line on contents page, pea-sized flaw in cover fabric. This book has been gently used and appears to be unread. Ships, with delivery confirmation, no later than the next business day.
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Product Details

  • Series: Synthese Library (Book 44)
  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1973 edition (December 31, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9027702527
  • ISBN-13: 978-9027702524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I hardly have an adequate background to digest the full scope of this book, I nonetheless found Professor Bunge's writing to be generally quite clear, very informative, and eminently readable. I especially liked its methodical organization, incisive characterizations, and succinct in-line clarifications/examples. Together with summary tables, his symbolic notations and enumerated statement indices were great aids to concision and understandability. More graphical taxonomies would have been similarly helpful, for the few figures used were decidedly beneficial for clarity's sake. In a negative vein, however, the author's occasional imperious pronouncements were off-putting as well as largely unsupported.

Aside from a substantial and valuable introduction, the book has three parts: Scientific Method; Conceptual Models; and Metaphysics. Each contains three essays, all of which had been previously published. Remarkably, the flow of the various ideas throughout the book is rather smooth among the different essay topics. Moreover, there is some reassuring reinforcement among certain of the essays despite their disparate subjects/origins. The book was published over forty years ago, so the current status of the ideas presented, even on the author's part, is unknown to me. Nevertheless, the ideas presented were for the most part plausible, well articulated, and interesting to me.

Elsewhere, Professor Bunge has stated that "Exactness is not just fastidiousness but a component of clear thinking, a condition for theorizing." Notably, this book very substantially explicates, exemplifies, and fosters that virtue, especially in the context of scientific research. Early on in the book, the nature and benefits of an axiomatic approach to science are described.
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