Nelson Goodman
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): Daniel Cohnitz Marcus Rossberg  
ISBN: 1844650375
ISBN-13: 9781844650378
Publication Date: 30/03/2006
Pages: 296 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
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Nelson Goodman's distinctive contributions to such diverse areas of philosophy as epistemology, metaphysics, semiotics, logic, philosophy of language, science, and art, and his engagement with the work of Rudolf Carnap and other prominent figures in the analytic tradition, places him at the forefront of the history and development of Anglo-American philosophy in the twentieth century. Although recently the significance of Goodman's work has not been sufficiently appreciated, Daniel Cohnitz and Marcus Rossberg show that much of it is of relevance for contemporary philosophy. This book, the first comprehensive introduction to Goodman's philosophy, examines and assesses his contribution.

The book begins with Goodman's New Riddle of Induction, the so-called "Grue"-paradox, which exemplifies his way of dealing with philosophical problems, and thus provides an introduction to Goodman's thought. It then covers his central work, The Structure of Appearance, as well as his philosophy of art, philosophy of language, his conventionalism, constructionalism and relativism. The technical apparatus that is required to understand Goodman's work, in particular his mereology and theory of symbols, is introduced in an accessible manner in the course of the book. The final chapter locates Goodman's position in contemporary debates and discusses recent criticisms.


"Measured by the task of presenting Goodman's philosophy not merely in its breadth but also regarding its internal connections, Cohnitz and Rossberg's book convinces by the clarity in its arguments and its excellent readability. The book succeeds in making Goodman's position clear and comprehensible in the demanding debate concerning the basic principles of analytic philosophy and the philosophy of science." – Grazer Philosophische Studien

"This book is the first attempt to cover the whole range of Goodman's projects and achievements from epistemology to the general theory of symbols and its application to the arts, the sciences and our everyday worlds. Engagingly written, the text succeeds at once as a highly readable introduction for the beginner and as a stimulating discussion for the initiated." – Oliver R. Scholz, University of Muenster, Germany

Daniel Cohnitz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Marcus Rossberg is a research fellow of Arche, the AHRC Research Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Mathematics and Mind at the University of St Andrews.

1. The worldmaker's universe
2. If this were an emerald it would be grue: problems and riddles of induction
3. The big picture
4. Particulars and parts
5. From the Vienna Station to Boston Terminus
6. Follow the sign
7. Diagnosing art
8. Starmaking
9. Never mind mind, essence is not essential and matter does not matter
List of symbols
Further Reading

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