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  1. Joseph Agassi (unknown). Einstein und die Wissenschaftslehre. Conceptus 92:127.
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  2. J. Agassi (forthcoming). Book Review: The Unique in Popper's Contribution to Philosophy by Alexander Naraniecki. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences:0048393115575912.
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  3. J. Agassi (forthcoming). Einstein's Philosophy Politely Shelved. Philosophy of the Social Sciences:0048393115571251.
    Einstein considered fallibilist methodology obvious and metaphysics the challenging heuristic of physics. This philosophy is a minority view in academic philosophy. Most commentators on Einstein reject it and either refuse to ascribe it to him or declare it an impediment to his researches, his own opinion to the contrary notwithstanding.
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  4. Joseph Agassi (forthcoming). Book Review: Paul Feyerabend: Ein Philosoph Aus Wien, Edited by F. Stadler and KR Fischer. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
  5. Joseph Agassi (2015). Experts Within Democracy The Turner Version. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 45 (3):370-384.
    Stephen Turner defends the sociopolitical role that experts—mainly but not only of the scientific kind—play in modern democratic society and explores means for increasing the rationality of their employment. Laudable though this is, at times Turner goes into more detail than democratic principles require; in his enthusiasm for rationality, he aims at levels of adequacy that are not always within the grasp of democracy.
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  6. J. Agassi (2014). Honesty Still Is the Best Policy. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (5):673-687.
    Fuller describes the place of intellectuals in the modern world—as researchers, teachers, academics, and citizens. Their job is that of developing and promoting ideas. He explains their failure to perform well and offers advice: say what you think you should say, not necessarily what you think. The advice is unsuitable; it is aimed at advisers and expert witnesses, not at intellectuals. Also, his analysis invites proposals for social reforms aimed at lowering traditional expectations of intellectuals and toward presenting them with (...)
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  7. Joseph Agassi (2014). Introducing Philosophy of Social Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (4):536-550.
    This book succeeds in being nice all round. Its means are slight distortions of issues in dispute. A preferable approach would be to inform readers of the sharp rifts in the field and their ramifications and then to challenge beginners to think about how to deal with the situation.
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  8. J. Agassi (2013). Better a Bang Than a Whimper. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (3):390-396.
  9. J. Agassi (2013). On the Reliability of Science: The Critical Rationalist Version. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (1):100-115.
    Error and Inference discusses Deborah Mayo’s theory that connects the reliability of science to scientific evidence. She sees it as an essential supplement to the negative principles of critical rationalism. She and Aris Spanos, her co-editor, declare that the discussions in the book amount to tremendous progress. Yet most contributors to the book misconstrue the Socratic character of critical rationalism because they ignore a principal tenet: criticism in and of itself comprises progress, and empirical refutation comprises learning from experience. Critical (...)
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  10. Joseph Agassi (2013). Bunge Nevertheless. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (4):542-562.
    Mario Bunge offers here a political philosophy and a view of current politics as judged by his vision of an integrated democracy that is thoroughly green, quasi-communalist, participatory, and quasi-socialist; all enterprises there belong to their workers. He tempers his egalitarianism with some meritocracy. His vision is impracticable but deserves examination.
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  11. Joseph Agassi (2013). Book Review: Tacit and Explicit Knowledge. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (2):275-279.
  12. J. Agassi (2012). To Dismiss "The Received View". Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (3):449-456.
    This volume is a historical anthology of interesting views on science from antiquity to the twentieth century plus a defensive anthology of logical positivism, whose legacy deserves better: clear-eyed assessment and then putting to rest.
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  13. J. Agassi (2012). We Socratic Philosophers Know That We Know Nothing. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (1):146-151.
    This volume is as near an authoritative version of analytic philosophy as can be found in the market these days.
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  14. J. Agassi (2011). Current Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 41 (2):278-294.
    This Companion to the philosophy of science reflects fairly well the gloomy state of affairs in this subfield at its best—concerns, problems, prejudices, and all. The field is still stuck with the problem of justification of science, refusing to admit that there is neither need nor possibility to justify science and forbid dissent from it.
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  15. J. Agassi (2011). The Manhattan Project and Its Long Shadow. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 41 (4):574-595.
    A sequel to Shapin’s earlier work, The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation again solves the problem of induction by observing that researchers are decent. Shapin dismisses most of the literature on both the philosophy of science and (more so) on the sociology of science as ideologically biased and as irrelevant. Approaches to the book as light reading and as serious scholarly reading are considered before a critical summary is offered as a conclusion.
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  16. Joseph Agassi (2011). Contemporary European Philosophy, After Half-a-Century. Polish Journal of Philosophy 5 (1):139-148.
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  17. Joseph Agassi (2011). Verisimilitude. Discusiones Filosóficas 12 (19):61 - 86.
  18. Jan Woleński & Joseph Agassi (2011). Łukasiewicz and Popper on Induction. History and Philosophy of Logic 31 (4):381-388.
    We compare Jan ?ukasiewicz's and Karl Popper's views on induction. The English translation of the two ?ukasiewicz's papers is included in the Appendix.
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  19. J. Agassi (2010). From Popper's Literary Remains. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (3):552-564.
    This book is largely unpublished material from Popper’s literary remains regarding his The Open Society and Its Enemies that conveys some interesting stories about its publication and initial reception, throws light on its message, and complements it somewhat. It also contains much that Popper hardly discussed elsewhere.
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  20. Joseph Agassi (2010). In Wittgenstein's Shadow. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (2):325-339.
    Marc Lange offers a stale anthology that reflects the sad state of affairs in the camp of analytic philosophy. It is representative in a few respects, even in its maltreatment of Russell, Wittgenstein, and Popper. Despite its neglect of Wittgenstein, it shows again that Wittgenstein is the patron saint of the analytic school despite the fact that it does not abide by his theory of metaphysics as inherently meaningless.
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  21. Joseph Agassi (2010). Science as Commodities. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (1):154-171.
    The paucity of literature on the economics of science renders this book valuable. Also, it includes a few interesting papers. Education and research may become more efficient, and their economic aspects want explanations. The explanations may offer suggestion for improvements. The discussions here are mostly unserious and the serious ones are not far-reaching.They concern patent laws more than seems reasonable and ignore many economic aspects of science, mainly its poor communication systems, including university presses, most of which are inept. Practical (...)
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  22. J. Agassi (2009). Book Review: Harmon, J. E., and Gross, A. G. (Eds.). (2007). The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour. Chicago: The Chicago University Press. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (1):122-123.
  23. Joseph Agassi (2009). Popper's Insights Into the State of Economics. In Zuzana Parusniková & R. S. Cohen (eds.), Rethinking Popper. Springer. 357--368.
  24. Joseph Agassi (2009). The Advantage of Theft Over Honest Toil. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (3):507-526.
    Gregory Landini offers a new and an illuminating reading of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s idea about his own innovation: it is the invention of a notation that removes the mystery from all theorems of logic and of mathematics as it renders their proofs part of their wordings. This makes all theorems in principle as boring as “all four-legged animals are animals.” This idea is Wittgenstein’s doctrine of showing. It is worthless; yet, as Landini shows, every time Wittgenstein offered an elaboration on it, (...)
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  25. Joseph Agassi (2009). Turner on Merton. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (2):284-293.
    Stephen Turner complains about weaknesses of Robert K. Merton's teachings without noticing that these are common. He puts down Merton's ideas despite his innovations, on the ground that they are not successful and not sufficiently revolutionary. The criteria by which he condemns Merton are too vague and too high. Merton's merit is in his having put the sociology of science on the map and drawn attention to the egalitarianism that was prominent in classical science and that is now diminished. Key (...)
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  26. J. Agassi (2008). Book Review: Stadler, F., and Fischer, K. R., Editors. (2006). Paul Feyerabend: Ein Philosoph Aus Wien. Vienna: Springer. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):303-305.
  27. J. Agassi (2008). Book Review: Warwick, Andrew. (2003). Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics. Chicago and London: Chicago University Press. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (1):150-161.
  28. Joseph Agassi (2008). A Philosopher’s Apprentice: In Karl Popper’s Workshop. Rodopi.
    Both a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting story of his intellectual formation in 1950s London, a young brilliant philosopher struggling with an intellectual giant - father, mentor, and rival, all at the same time. His subsequent rebellion and declaration of independence leads to a painful break, never to be completely healed. No other writer has Agassi's psychological insight into Popper, and no other book captures like this one the intellectual excitement around the Popper (...)
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  29. Joseph Agassi (2008). Philosophy From a Skeptical Perspective. Cambridge University Press.
    One of the questions that philosophers discuss is: How can we avoid, or at least reduce, errors when explaining the world? The skeptical answer to this question is: We cannot avoid errors since no statement is certain or even definitely plausible, but we can eliminate some past errors. This book advocates the skeptical position and discusses its practical applications in science, ethics, aesthetics, and politics. It brings philosophy down to earth and comprises an outline of a skeptical guide to the (...)
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  30. Joseph Agassi (2008). Nicholas Maxwell:Is Science Neurotic?:Is Science Neurotic? Philosophy of Science 75 (4):477-479.
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  31. Joseph Agassi & Ian Jarvie (eds.) (2008). A Critical Rationalist Aesthetics. Rodopi.
    This book is a first attempt to cover the whole area of aesthetics from the point of view of critical rationalism. It takes up and expands upon the more narrowly focused work of E. H. Gombrich, Sheldon Richmond, and Raphael Sassower and Louis Ciccotello. The authors integrate the arts into the scientific world view and acknowledge that there is an aesthetic aspect to anything whatsoever. They pay close attention to the social situatedness of the arts. Their aesthetics treats art as (...)
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  32. Joseph Agassi (2007). Corroboration Spurious and Genuine. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 93 (1):81.
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  33. Joseph Agassi (2007). Imagination and Reason. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (5-6):453-453.
    Byrne's book is intended to explain why people imagine the things they do when they create alternatives to reality. Two fruitful areas of further research are: (1) How can her approach explain dreams and daydreams? (2) What is the developmental time course of the child's understanding of reality and imagination?
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  34. Joseph Agassi (2007). On the Ethics of Medical Care Under Resource Constraints. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 1 (1):4.
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  35. Joseph Agassi (2007). Rationalizing the Historiography of Science. Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 25 (2).
     
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  36. Joseph Agassi (2007). What Collapse, Exactly? Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (1):74-84.
    Hilary Putnam makes two related points in his recent collection of essays: (1) Values can be rational, and their inescapable intrusion into every kind of discourse is welcome. (2) Ignoring or suppressing this fact is common yet irrational. This is of course true; yet the intrusion in question can be trivial, and it can be problematic. Putnam ignores this here. The book is pleasant to read; it is infused with friendly and appreciative personal anecdotes and observations. It is almost entirely (...)
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  37. Amir Meital & Joseph Agassi (2007). Slaves in Plato's Laws. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (3):315-347.
    Tel-Aviv University and York University, Toronto Plato suggested ways to regulate and integrate slaves within the legal system of his Utopian Cretan polis Magnesia as described in his work, Laws . This text alone invalidates most criticism of Popper's presentation of Plato's political views. His 50-year-old reading of Plato fits the text better than any other. To preserve the noble tradition of classical scholarship, classical scholars should acknowledge explicitly that he was correct, and that by now they have surreptitiously incorporated (...)
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  38. J. Agassi (2006). The Intellectual by Steve Fuller. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (2):241.
     
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  39. J. Agassi (2006). Book Review: The Intellectual. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (2):241-242.
  40. Joseph Agassi (2006). The Biology of the Interest in Money. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (2):176-176.
    Why are people interested in money? This question is too broad: there are many kinds of money, interest, and people. The biological approach of Lea & Webley (L&W) makes them seek the roots of this interest, and they contend that tool making and addiction qualify as the roots. Curiosity and the quest for power, however, qualify too. As L&W rightly admit, other approaches supplement their biological one. (Published Online April 5 2006).
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  41. Joseph Agassi (2005). BERARD, TJ,“Rethinking Practices and Structures,” 196. BUNGE, MARIO,“Who Rules in Science? An Opinionated Guide to the Wars by James Robert Brown”[Book Review], 250. COLLINS, RICHARD,“Broadcasting and Convergence. New Articulations of The. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):523-525.
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  42. Joseph Agassi (2005). Back to the Drawing Board. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):509-518.
    Within ontology new theories are extremely rare. Hacking bravely claims to have one: "historical ontology" or "dynamic nominalism." Regrettably, he uses "nominalism" idiosyncratically, without explaining it or its qualifier. He does say what historical ontology is: it is "the presentation of the history of ontology in context." This idea is laudable, as it invites presenting idealism as once attractive but no longer so (due to changes in perception theory, for example). But this idea is a proposal, not a theory, muchless (...)
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  43. Joseph Agassi, Anna Alexandrova, F. C. C. Spectrum Auctions & Lorenzo Bernasconi-Kohn (2005). Boland, Lawrence A.,“On Reviewing Machine Dreams: Zoomed-in Versus Zoomed-Out”[Review Essay], 478. Campbell, Scott, and Greg Currie,“Against Beck: In Defence of Risk Analysis,” 149. Collard, David,“Research on Well-Being: Some Advice From Jeremy Bentham,” 330. Currie, G., See Campbell. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 173.
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  44. Nimrod Bar‐Am & Joseph Agassi (2005). Popper and the Establishment. Critical Review 17 (1-2):13-23.
    Abstract The central thesis of Karl Popper's philosophy is that intellectual and political progress are best achieved by not deferring to dogmatic authority. His philosophy of science is a plea for the replacement of classic dogmatic methodology with critical debate. His philosophy of politics, similarly, is a plea for replacing Utopian social and political engineering with a more fallibilist, piecemeal variety. Many confuse his anti?dogmatism with relativism, and his anti?authoritarianism with Cold War conservatism or even with libertarian politics. Not so: (...)
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  45. Joseph Agassi (2004). Heidegger Made Simple (and Offensive). Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (3):423-431.
    presents Heidegger as a devout mystic who viewed the Nazi Party as the sacred vessel of a divine message—even though, the author adds, his religion is secular and so it has no divinity and no immortal soul. Rickey sees him as a utopian. This makes some sense: the unique in the Shoah involves the unique descent of a highly cultured, enlightened nation to the rock bottom of barbarism. Ricky’s text belies his effort to exonerate Heidegger. Key Words: Rickey • Heidegger (...)
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  46. Joseph Agassi (2004). Methodological Individualism: Background, History and Meaning. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (2):316.
     
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  47. Joseph Agassi (2003). Comparability and Incommensurability. Social Epistemology 17 (2 & 3):93 – 94.
  48. Joseph Agassi (2003). Irrationalism with a Human Face. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (3):375-385.
  49. Joseph Agassi (2003). Newell's List. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (5):601-602.
    Newell wanted a theory of cognition to abide by some explicit criteria, here called the Newell Test. The test differs from the Turing Test because it is explicit. The Newell Test will include the Turing Test if its characterization of cognition is complete. It is not. Its use here is open-ended: A system that does not pass it well invites improvement.
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  50. Joseph Agassi (2003). Science and Culture. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  51. J. Agassi (2002). A Touch of Malice. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 32 (1):107-119.
  52. Joseph Agassi (2002). Il nuovo senso comune. Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 20 (1).
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  53. Joseph Agassi (2002). Kuhn's Way. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 32 (3):394-430.
  54. Joseph Agassi (2002). The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science. [REVIEW] International Studies in Philosophy 34 (4):168-170.
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  55. Joseph Agassi (2001). ANANTH, MAHESH,“Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach, by Dan Sperber”[Book Review], 563. BARNES, BARRY, See Loyal, S. BEEBE, JAMES R.,“Interpretation and Epistemic Evaluation in Goldman's. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (4):572-575.
  56. Joseph Agassi (2001). Reply to Professor Gross. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (2):252-253.
  57. Joseph Agassi (2000). Mikhtavim le-Ahoti.
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  58. Joseph Agassi (2000). The Disorder of Things. International Studies in Philosophy 32 (2):136-138.
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  59. Joseph Agassi & Nathaniel Laor (2000). How Ignoring Repeatability Leads to Magic. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (4):528-586.
  60. J. Agassi (1999). Book Review: The Rhetoric of Science. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (2):329-335.
  61. Joseph Agassi (1999). Liberal Nationalism for Isreal, 1999. gefen.
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  62. Joseph Agassi (1999). Science Real and Ideal: Popper and the Dogmatic Scientist. ProtoSociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 12.
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  63. Joseph Agassi (1999). The Notion of the Modern Nation-State: Popper and Nationalism. In I. C. Jarvie & Sandra Pralong (eds.), Popper's Open Society After Fifty Years: The Continuing Relevance of Karl Popper. Routledge.
  64. Joseph Agassi (1999). The Rhetoric of Science, by Allen G. Gross. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29:329-335.
     
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  65. J. Agassi (1998). Israeli Judaism: The Sociology of Religion in Israel, Edited by Shlomo Deshen, Charles S. Liebman, and Moshe Shokeid. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28:471-477.
  66. Joseph Agassi (1998). Book Review : Shlomo Deshen, Charles S. Liebman, and Moshe Shokeid, Eds., Israeli Judaism: The Sociology of Religion in Israel, Studies of Israeli Society, Volume VII. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, Nj, 1995. Pp. XIV + 386. $44.95 (Cloth), $24.95 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (3):471-477.
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  67. Joseph Agassi (1998). Knowledge Personal or Social. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (4):522-551.
    Karl Popper's methodology can be seen as the situational logic of research. Popper called his method "Epistemology without a Knowing Subject." It was dismissed as metaphysical by those who refuse to give up an ideal knowing subject (a perfect human inductive processor). This article surveys the failure of modem discussions of this ideal, from the earliest (the writings of Sir Francis Bacon) to the latest (Kripke). The knowing subject exits at last, but leaves behind interesting results. The ideal knowing subject (...)
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  68. J. Agassi (1997). Book Reviews : Michael Gibbon, Camille Limoges, Helga Nowotny, Simon Schwatrzman, Peter Scott, and Martin Trow, The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies. London, Sage, 1994, Reprinted 1995. Pp. Ix + 170. 37.50 (Cloth), 12.95 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (3):354-357.
  69. Joseph Agassi (1997). Celebrating the Open Society. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (4):486-525.
  70. Joseph Agassi (1997). Die gegenwärtige Rolle des Technik- und Wissenschaftshistorikers. ProtoSociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 8.
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  71. Joseph Agassi (1997). Shapin on Boyle. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (2):219-236.
  72. Joseph Agassi (1997). The Novelty of Chomsky's Theories. In David Martel Johnson & Christina E. Erneling (eds.), The Future of the Cognitive Revolution. Oxford University Press. 136--148.
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  73. Joseph Agassi (1997). Wittgenstein -- The End of a Myth. ProtoSociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 10.
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  74. Chemi Ben-Noon, Yeshayahu Leibowitz & Joseph Agassi (1997). Migbalot Ha- Sekhel Al Mahashavah, Mada Ve-Emubah : Yesha Ayahu Libovits Ve-Yosef Agasi Me Sohahim. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  75. Joseph Agassi (1996). Prescriptions for Responsible Psychiatry. In William T. O'Donohue & Richard F. Kitchener (eds.), The Philosophy of Psychology. Sage Publications. 339.
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  76. Joseph Agassi (1996). Prescriptions for Responsible Psychiatry. In William T. O'Donohue & Richard F. Kitchener (eds.), The Philosophy of Psychology. Sage Publications. 339.
  77. Joseph Agassi (1996). Towards Honest Public Relations of Science. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 49:39-58.
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  78. Joseph Agassi (1996). The Place of Metaphysics in the Historiography of Science. Foundations of Physics 26 (4):483-499.
    Legitimating the use of metaphysics in scientific research constituted a farreaching methodological revolution, invalidating the inductivist demands that science be guided by empirical information alone. Thus, science became tentative. The revolution was established when pioneering historians of science, Max Jammer among them, exhibited the working of metaphysics in scientific research. This raises many problems, since most metaphysical ideas are poor as compared with scientific ones. Yet taking science to be the effort to explain facts in a comprehensive manner, makes some (...)
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  79. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Joseph Agassi & Chemi Ben-Noon (1996). Sihot Al Ha-Filosofyah Shel Ha-Mada. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  80. J. Agassi (1995). Philosophie Als Lebenshilfe? Conceptus 28 (72):83-92.
     
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  81. J. Agassi (1995). Popper, Karl, 1902-1994-Learning From Negative Instances. Radical Philosophy 70:2-4.
     
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  82. Joseph Agassi (1995). Blame Not the Laws of Nature. Foundations of Science 1 (1):131-154.
    1. Lies, Error and Confusion 2. Lies 3. The Demarcation of Science: Historical 4. The Demarcation of Science: Recent 5. Observed Regularities and Laws of Nature.
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  83. Joseph Agassi (1995). Summary of AFOS Workshop, 1994. Foundations of Science 1 (1):161-166.
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  84. Joseph Agassi, I. C. Jarvie & Nathaniel Laor (1995). Critical Rationalism Essays for Joseph Agassi.
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  85. Joseph Agassi & Jerry Ravetz (1995). Obituary: Karl Popper, 1902-1994. Radical Philosophy 70.
     
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  86. J. Agassi (1994). Das Problem der Rationalität in der pluralistischen Gesellschaft. Conceptus 28 (71):251-262.
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  87. J. Agassi (1994). The Theory and Practice of Critical Rationalism. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 160:1-1.
     
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  88. J. Agassi (1994). Book Reviews : John H. Fielder and Douglas Birch, Eds., The DC-10 Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Technology and Society. SUNY Press, Albany, 1992. Pp. 346. $12.95 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (3):390-392.
  89. J. Agassi & S. F. Mason (1994). Radiation Theory and the Quantum Revolution. Annals of Science 51 (6):677-677.
     
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  90. Joseph Agassi (1994). An Inductivist Version of Critical Rationalism. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (4):458-465.
  91. Joseph Agassi (1994). Gadamer Without Tears. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (4):485-505.
    The chief feature of Gadamer's philosophy is his claim that the humanities obey their own rules concerning reading texts and ensuring certitude. The promise of certitude is illusory, however, and the discourses on interpretation by him and his leading disciples are too confused to instruct the reader. His own sketch of his philosophy, published in his autobiographic Philosophical Apprenticeship, and its reflection in Gadamer and Hermeneutics (Hugh J. Silverman, ed.), shows this and reveals him as still too insensitive to the (...)
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  92. Joseph Agassi (1994). "The DC-10 Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Technology and Society", Edited by John H. Fielder and Douglas Birch. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (3):390.
  93. Joseph Agassi (1994). Wayne A. Patterson, Bertrand Russell's Philosophy of Logical Atomism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (1):44-45.
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  94. Joseph Agassi (1994). Wayne A. Patterson, Bertrand Russell's Philosophy of Logical Atomism. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 14:44-45.
     
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  95. Joseph Agassi, Dorit Bar-on, D. S. Clarke, Paul Sheldon Davies, Anthony J. Graybosch, Lila Luce, Paul K. Moser, Saul Smilansky, Roger Smook, William Sweet, John J. Tilley & Ruth Weintraub (1994). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (1-4):359-362.
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  96. Raphael Sassower & Joseph Agassi (1994). Avoiding the Posts: Reply to Friedman. Critical Review 8 (1):95-111.
    The ill?named debate between postmodernists and postlibertarians should be transcended; this requires the abandonment of both foundationalism and its converse, without abandoning common sense as well (which is no mean trick). Similarly, the debate over ?minimal statism? versus the planned economy is outdated. Instead of claiming to be in possession of foundations of our scientific?cum?political knowledge in broad terms, and instead of severely limiting our knowledge to given proofs, we offer the putative heuristics of critique in general and the critical (...)
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  97. Abel Schejter & Joseph Agassi (1994). On the Definition of Life. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 25 (1):97 - 106.
    Schrödinger's definition of life needs a slight modification to absorb the criticism of it. It is the comparison of the entropy level of a system before and after a process which makes one view it as living: we consider the stability of the deviation from the probable a sign of life. This explains why we do not hesitate to consider as remnants of living systems skeletons and fossils anywhere and physical culture on any archeological site.
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  98. J. Agassi (1993). Neurath in Retrospect. Iyyun: Ecit 42 (1993):443-453.
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  99. J. Agassi, J. Hattiangadi, M. Haynes, A. Cobb & Ic Jarvie (1993). Wisdom, John, Oulton-in-Memoriam. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (3):279-297.
     
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  100. Joseph Agassi (1993). Publications by John Oulton Wisdom. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (3):287.
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  101. Joseph Agassi (1993). Rationality: A Comment on Raymond Boudon's Paper. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 7 (1):21 – 23.
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  102. Joseph Agassi (1993). Review Essays : Phenomenology of Technology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (4):528-536.
  103. Joseph Agassi (1993). Tributes. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (3):279.
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  104. Joseph Agassi (1993). The Heuristic Bent. Philosophy and Rhetoric 26 (1):9 - 30.
    The logic of questions is still very limited; there is a need for a specification of what is a problem, and what is a problem-situation — or what is an adequate solution to a problem in a given situation. A problem may seek its wording, and so may do the adequacy conditions or desiderata for its solution. For the inarticulate, there is no distinction between theoretical and practical problems. Their problem is a goal, the situation is the available routes to (...)
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  105. Including Contributing, Joseph Agassi & James Allan (1993). An Index of Hume Studies: 1975-1993. Hume Studies 19 (2):327-364.
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  106. J. Agassi (1992). Book Reviews : David Gooding, Trevor Pinch, and Simon Schaffer, Eds., The Uses of Experiment: Studies in the Natural Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989. Pp. Xvii, 467, 50 (Cloth), 19.50 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (2):266-268.
  107. J. Agassi (1992). Book Reviews : John W. Murphy and John T. Pardeck, Eds., Technology and Human Productivity: Challenges for the Future. Quorum Books, New York, 1986. Pp. Xx, 236, $37.95. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (4):525-527.
  108. Joseph Agassi (1992). False Prophecy Versus True Quest a Modest Challenge to Contemporary Relativists. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (3):285-312.
    A good theory of rationality should accommodate debates over first principles, such as those of rationality. The modest challenge made in this article is that relativists try to explain the (intellectual) value of some debates about first principles (absolute presuppositions, basic assumptions, intellectual frameworks, intellectual commitments, and paradigms). Relativists claim to justify moving with relative ease from one framework to another, translating chunks of one into the other; this technique is essential for historians, anthropologists and others. Thus ideas concerning false (...)
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  109. Joseph Agassi (1992). Heuristic Computer-Assisted, Not Computerized: Comments on Simon 's Project. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 6 (1):15 – 18.
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  110. Joseph Agassi (1992). Rationality: Philosophical and Social Aspects. [REVIEW] Minerva 30 (3):366-390.
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  111. Joseph Agassi (1992). "Technology and Human Productivity: Challenges for the Future", Edited by John W. Murphy and John T. Pardeck. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (4):525.
     
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  112. Joseph Agassi (1992). "The Uses of Experiment: Studies in the Natural Sciences", Edited by David Gooding, Trevor Pinch, and Simon Schaffer. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (2):266.
     
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  113. Joseph Agassi (1991). Bye-Bye, Weber. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21 (1):102-109.
    Peter Lassman and Irving Velody, with Herminio Martins, eds., Max Weber's " Science as a Vocation ." Unwin Hyman, London, 1989. Pp. 213, US$49.95.
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  114. Joseph Agassi (1991). The Siblinghood of Humanity: An Introduction to Philosophy. Caravan Books.
     
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  115. Joseph Agassi (1991). Wittgenstein and Physicalism. Grazer Philosophische Studien 41:67-97.
    In the light of a sketch of the history of modem Anti-Metaphysics up from Francis Bacon Wittgenstein's position - the refusal of the possibility of metaphysical assertions - is compared with the views of Mach, of Camap and Neurath and of Popper. Analysing the notions of 'nonsense', 'meaninglessness' and 'Scheinproblem', their interrelations and connections to physicalism three variants of Anti-Metaphysics are distinguished: the Enlightenment view, the positivistMachian view and the linguistic Wittgensteinian view. The present day actuality of these views is (...)
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  116. Joseph Agassi (1990). An Introduction to Philosophy: The Siblinghood of Humanity. Caravan Books.
     
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  117. Joseph Agassi (1990). Induction and Stochastic Independence. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (1):141-142.
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  118. Joseph Agassi (1990). Global Responsibility. Journal of Applied Philosophy 7 (2):217-221.
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  119. Nathaniel Laor & Joseph Agassi (1990). Diagnosis Philosophical and Medical Perspectives.
     
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  120. J. Agassi (1989). "Francis Bacon and Modernity" by Charles Whitney. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (2):219.
     
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  121. J. Agassi (1989). The Lark and the Tortoise. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (1):89-94.
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  122. J. Agassi (1989). Book Reviews : Francis Bacon and Modernity. By Charles Whitney. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986. Pp. X + 226. $18.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (2):219-223.
  123. Joseph Agassi (1989). Kurt Salamun, ed., Karl Popper und die Philosophie des Kritischen Rationalismus. Zum 85. Geburstag von Karl R. Popper. Studien zur österreichischen Philosophie, Band 14 Reviewed by. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 9 (9):378-381.
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  124. Joseph Agassi (1989). Symposium on the Role of the Philosopher Among the Scientists: Nuisance or Necessity? A Reply to Baigrie. Social Epistemology 3 (4):319.
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  125. Joseph Agassi (1989). The Logic of Consensus and of Extremes. In Fred D'Agostino & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Freedom and Rationality. Reidel. 3--21.
  126. Joseph Agassi (1989). The Role of the Philosopher Among the Scientists: Nuisance or Necessity? Social Epistemology 3 (4):297 – 309.
    1. Where is the trouble? Let us take it for granted that a person can be interested in researches that go on in different fields, for example, in physics and in psychology. Undoubtedly, this will raise problems not shared by a person whose research is confined to one field only. There may be difficulty in deciding which of the two is that person's primary field of interest; members of his secondary field of interest may be flattered or feel slighted or (...)
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  127. Joseph Agassi (1988). Ixmann and the Gavagai. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 19 (1):103-116.
    Dirk Koppelberg is an ambitious new arrival to take notice of. His first book, "Die Aufhebung der analytischen Philosophic: Quine als Synthese von Carnap und Neurath" (Suhrkamp, 1987, pp. 416) is extremely detailed and comprehensive. In succinct 300 pages or so (plus 40 pages of notes and 30 pages of (not too successful) bibliography) he manages to touch on W. V. Quine's diverse concerns, to synthesize them, to relate them to their..
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  128. Joseph Agassi (1988). The Freeze-Dried Brain. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 18 (2):251.
     
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  129. Joseph Agassi (1988). The Gentle Art of Philosophical Polemics Selected Reviews and Comments.
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  130. Joseph Agassi (1988). The Future of Big Science. Journal of Applied Philosophy 5 (1):17-26.
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  131. Nathaniel Laor & Joseph Agassi (1988). The Grand Protester: Lacan on the Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 18 (1):73-100.
  132. J. Agassi (1987). CURRIE, GREGORY and MUSGRAVE, ALAN : "Popper and the Human Sciences". [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38:414.
     
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  133. J. Agassi (1987). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (3):83-84.
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  134. J. Agassi (1987). "Understanding Cultures, Perspectives in Anthropology and Social Theory" by Robert C. Ulin. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 17 (2):278.
     
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  135. J. Agassi (1987). Book Reviews : Understanding Cultures, Perspectives in Anthropology and Social Theory. By ROBERT C. ULIN. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984. Pp. Xvii + 200. U.S. $19.95. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 17 (2):278-283.
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  136. Joseph Agassi (1987). Methodological Individualism and Institutional Individualism. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 119--150.
  137. Joseph Agassi (1987). Theories of Rationality. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 249--263.
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  138. Joseph Agassi (1987). Twenty Years After. In Nancy J. Nersessian (ed.), The Process of Science: Contemporary Philosophical Approaches to Understanding Scientific Practice. Distributors for the United States and Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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  139. Joseph Agassi (1987). Whatever Happened to the Positivist Theory of Meaning. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 18 (1-2):22-29.
    It is getting increasingly difficult to comprehend the history of ideas of the Vienna Circle and only a clear and critical exposition of it will save it from total oblivion; an apologetic presentation will not be understood. Now that the positivist theory of meaning is no longer accepted, only an honest presentation of this fact will enable us to comprehend it and its transformations. An analysis of a paper by Otto Neurath illustrates this: Neurath's inability to present fairly his critics' (...)
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  140. Joseph Agassi & Judith Buber Agassi (1987). Sexism in Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 17 (4):515-522.
  141. Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.) (1987). Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  142. Joseph Agassi & John Wettersten (1987). The Philosophy of Common Sense. Philosophia 17 (4):421-438.
    Philosophers wanted commonsense to fight skepticism. They hypostasized and destroyed it. Commonsense is skeptical--Bound by a sense of proportion and of limitation. A scarce commodity, At times supported, At times transcended by science, Commonsense has to be taken account of by the critical-Realistic theory of science. James clerk maxwell's view of today's science as tomorrow's commonsense is the point of departure. It is wonderful but overlooks the value of the sense of proportion.
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  143. I. C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). A Study in Westernization. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 395--421.
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  144. I. C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Rationality of Irrationalism. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Metaphilosophy. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 445--451.
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  145. Ian C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). Magic and Rationality Again. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 385--394.
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  146. Ian C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Problem of the Rationality of Magic. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 363--383.
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  147. John R. Wettersten & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Choice of Problems and the Limits of Reason. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 281--296.
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  148. J. Agassi (1986). "Thinking Matter: Materialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain" by John W. Yolton. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 16 (4):526.
     
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  149. J. Agassi (1986). Book Reviews : Thinking Matter: Materialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain. BY JOHN W. YOLTON. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984. Pp. Xiv + 238. $29.50 (Cloth), $12.95 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 16 (4):526-528.
  150. Joseph Agassi (1986). A Note on Smith's Term "Naturalism". Hume Studies 12 (1):92-96.
  151. Joseph Agassi (1986). Charles Taylor, Philosophical Papers. Vol. 1: Human Agency and Language. Vol. II: Philosophy and the Human Sciences Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 6 (1):35-38.
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  152. Joseph Agassi (1986). I. God Save Us From Our Friends; Enemies We Have No More. Philosophia 16 (2):209-238.
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  153. Joseph Agassi (1986). III. Refutation a la Popper: A Rejoinder. Philosophia 16 (2):245-247.
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  154. Joseph Agassi (1986). On Hugo Bergman's Contribution to Epistemology. In Abraham Zvie Bar-On (ed.), Grazer Philosophische Studien. Distributed in the U.S.A. By Humanities Press. 47-58.
    Approximationism — science approximates the truth as an ideal — is the view of science implicit in all of Einstein's major works, heralded by Hugo Bergman in Hebrew in 1940 and expressed by Karl Popper in 1954 and 1956. Yet Bergman was not sufficiently clear about it, and even Popper is not - as shown by their not giving up certain remnants of the older views which approximationism replaces, even when these remnants are inconsistent with approximationism. Norare the approximationist theories (...)
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  155. Joseph Agassi (1986). Popper in Basic English. Philosophia 15 (4):409-419.
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  156. Joseph Agassi (1986). Towards a Canonic Version of Classical Political Theory. In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 153--170.
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  157. Joseph Agassi (1986). The Consolations of Science. American Philosophical Quarterly 23 (2):129 - 141.
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  158. Joseph Agassi (1986). The Politics of Science. Journal of Applied Philosophy 3 (1):35-48.
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  159. I. C. Jarvie & J. Agassi (1986). Indexes, Footnotes and Problems. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 16 (3):367-374.
  160. J. Agassi (1985). Two Valued Logic in Ordinary Circumstances. International Logic Review 32:83.
     
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  161. J. Agassi (1985). Book Reviews : Popper and After: Four Modern Irrationalists. By David Stove. New York: Pergamon Press, 1981. Pp. VIII + 116. $9.50 Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (3):368-369.
  162. Joseph Agassi (1985). "Popper and After: Four Modern Irrationalists" by David Stove. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (3):368.
     
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  163. Joseph Agassi (1985). Technology, Philosophical and Social Aspects. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  164. Joseph Agassi (1985). The Unity of Hume's Thought. Hume Studies 1985 (1):87-109.
    This is the beginning of an integrated image of Hume's person, thought, and actions as a conservative liberal reformist.
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  165. Joseph Agassi (1984). Cheapening Science. [REVIEW] Inquiry 27 (1):166.
     
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  166. Joseph Agassi (1984). Libertarianism Versus Education for Freedom. Philosophical Forum 15 (4):471.
     
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  167. Joseph Agassi (1984). II. Nationalism and the Philosophy of Zionism. Inquiry 27 (1-4):311-326.
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  168. Joseph Agassi (1984). III. The Cheapening of Science∗. Inquiry 27 (1-4):166-172.
  169. Joseph Agassi (1983). Theoretical Bias in Evidence: A Historical Sketch. Philosophica 31 (1):7-24.
    The studies of theoretical bias in evidence are these days developed by many clever psychologists, social psychologists, and philosophers. It therefore comes as a surprise to realize that most of the material one can find in the up-to -date literature repeats discoveries which are due to the heroes of the present sketch, namely Galileo Galilei, Sir Francis Bacon, and Robert Boyle; William Whewell, Pierre Duhem, and Karl Popper. We may try to raise scholarly standards by familiarizing ourselves with their ideas (...)
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  170. Joseph Agassi (1983). This Message is for You. Maybe. Philosophy and Literature 7 (1):95-98.
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  171. Joseph Agassi (1983). The Structure of the Quantum Revolution. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 13 (3):367-381.
  172. Joseph Agassi (1983). What We Can Learn From Other Animals. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 13 (2):235-246.
  173. Joseph Agassi, Robert S. Cohen & Marx W. Wartofsky (1983). Science and Society: Studies in the Sociology of Science. Philosophy of Science 50 (2):345-346.
     
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  174. Yehuda Fried & Joseph Agassi (1983). Psychiatry as Medicine Contemporary Psychotherapies. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
  175. Joseph Agassi (1982). How Technology Aids and Impedes the Growth of Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:585 - 597.
    The vision of Horace, combining the sweet and the useful, is an expression of a sense of abundance. It came first and was than supported by Bacon's vision of a science-based technology. Later this was further backed by classical liberalism and by metaphysical progressivism. That technology may impede and even destroy science is obvious. Yet the danger is overlooked--with the aid of the vision of Horace and of neo-conservative (Popperian) politics and of neo-reactionary (Kuhnian) politics of science. The science of (...)
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  176. Joseph Agassi (1982). In Search of Rationality—A Personal Report. In Karl R. Popper & Paul Levinson (eds.), In Pursuit of Truth: Essays on the Philosophy of Karl Popper on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Harvester Press. 237--48.
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  177. Joseph Agassi (1982). Irrationalism Today. Dialectica 36 (2‐3):127-146.
    SummaryAccording to classical rationalism prejudiced people cannot conduct proper research. This is refuted by cases of prejudiced and even Nazi scientists. According to classical rationalism all error is prejudice. This was refuted when crucial experiment between Newton and Einstein favored Einstein. Contemporary popular irrationalists claim crucial experiments are impossible. Their ability to convince rests on the cowardice of the leadership of science which fails to admit openly the present need for a new theory of rationality.RésuméSelon la rationalisme classique, seuls des (...)
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  178. Joseph Agassi (1982). Presuppositions for Logic. The Monist 65 (4):465-480.
    Positivists identify science and certainty and in the name of the utter rationality of science deny that it rests on speculative presuppositions. The Logical Positivists took a step further and tried to show such presuppositions really no presuppositions at all but rather poorly worded sentences. Rules of sentence formation, however, rest on the presuppositions about the nature of language. This makes us unable to determine the status of mathematics, which is these days particularly irksome since this question is now-since Abraham (...)
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  179. Joseph Agassi, R. S. Cohen & Mario Augusto Bunge (1982). Scientific Philosophy Today Essays in Honor of Mario Bunge.
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  180. Peggy Marchi, Joseph Agassi & John R. Wettersten (1982). The Death of Heuristic? Philosophia 11 (3-4):249-276.
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  181. J. Agassi (1981). Lakatos on proof and on mathematics. Logique Et Analyse 24 (95):437.
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  182. Joseph Agassi (1981). I. The Place of Sparks in the World of Blah. Inquiry 24 (4):455 – 469.
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  183. Joseph Agassi (1981). Simulation? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 (4):535.
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  184. Joseph Agassi (1981). Science and Society Studies in the Sociology of Science /Joseph Agassi. --. --. D. Reidel Pub. Co. Sold and Distributed in the U.S.A. And Canada by Kluwer Boston Inc., C1981.
     
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  185. Joseph Agassi (1981). To Save Verisimilitude. Mind 90 (360):576-579.
    JOSEPH AGASSI 1. Sir Karl Popper has offered two different theories of scientific progress, his theory of conjectures and refutations and corroboration, as well as his theory of verisimilitude increase. The former was attacked by some old-fashioned inductivists, yet is triumphant; the latter has been refuted by Tichy and by Miller to Popper’s own satisfaction. Oddly, however, the theory of verisimilitude was developed because of some deficiency in the theory of corroboration, and though in its present precise formulation it was (...)
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  186. John Kekes, Joseph Agassi, Edward Mackinnon, Gerhard D. Wassermann & Warren Hagar (1981). Book Reviews and Critical Studies. [REVIEW] Philosophia 10 (1-2):43-139.
  187. Joseph Agassi (1980). Between Science and Technology. Philosophy of Science 47 (1):82-99.
    Basic research or fundamental research is distinct from both pure and applied research, in that it is pure research with expected useful results. The existence of basic or fundamental research is problematic, at least for both inductivists and instrumentalists, but also for Popper. Assuming scientific research to be the search for explanatory conjectures and for refutations, and assuming technology to be the search of conjectures and some corroborations, we can easily place basic or fundamental research between science and technology as (...)
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  188. Joseph Agassi (1980). The Legitimation of Science. Dialogos 15 (35):27.
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  189. Joseph Agassi (1980). Was Lakatos an Elitist? Ratio 22 (1):61.
     
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  190. Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (1980). The Rationality of Irrationalism. Metaphilosophy 11 (2):127–133.
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  191. Joseph Agassi & John R. Wettersten (1980). Stegmüller Squared. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 11 (1):86-94.
    Wolfgang Stegmüller, the leading German philosopher of science, considers the status of scientific revolutions the central issue in the field ever since "the famous Popper-Lakatos-Kuhn discussion" of a decade and a half ago, comments on "almost all contributions to this problem", and offers his alternative solutions in a series of papers culminating with, and summarized in, his recent "A Combined Approach to Dynamics of Theories. How To Improve Historical Interpretations of Theory Change By Applying Set Theoretical Structures", published in Gerard (...)
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  192. J. Agassi (1979). Art and Science. Scientia 73 (14):127.
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  193. J. Agassi (1979). Arte e Scienza. Scientia 73 (14):141.
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  194. Joseph Agassi (1979). The Legacy of Lakatos. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 9 (3):316-326.
  195. Joseph Agassi (1979). The Philosophy and the Science of Man. Epistemologia 2:155.
     
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  196. Joseph Agassi (1979). Wissenschaft und Metaphysik. Grazer Philosophische Studien 9:97-106.
    The erroneous hostility to metaphysics is justified by the clashes between science and metaphysics plus the inability to allow clashes within science. The defenders of metaphysics as world-views offering intellectual frameworks for science have overlooked this fact. Einstein and Popper have legitimized the inclusion of clashes well within the domain of science. This resolves the difficulty of the allegiance to both. Science offers testable explanations and metaphysics comprehension; both are insufficient and conflict — yet thereby improve. Popper's early rejection of (...)
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  197. Yehuda Fried, Joseph Agassi & Thomas Szasz (1979). Paranoia: A Study in Diagnosis. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30 (2):177-182.
     
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  198. Joseph Agassi (1978). Knowledge and Error. [REVIEW] Philosophia 8 (2-3):485-496.
  199. Joseph Agassi (1978). Liberal Forensic Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 3 (3):226-241.
    The liberal approach to ethics quite naturally tends toward the classic individualistic theory of society, to reductionism or psychologism so-called, that is, to a reduction of all social action to individual action.2 For example, liberalism allows one to experiment with new medications on one's own body. By extension, liberalism allows one to experiment, it seems, on another person's body with new medication if one acts as the other person's agent, that is, if one has the other person's proper consent. We (...)
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  200. Joseph Agassi (1978). Movies Seen Many Times. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 8 (4):398-405.
    Consider such light musical pieces as Schumann's and Debussy's Arabesques, Schumann's Traumerie, Debussy's Petite Suite, Tschaikowsky's Andante Cantabile, and so on. They all strike their new listener very forcefully; indeed, if you can find music lovers who have not heard one of these you can easily move them to tears by a good performance. Yet they wear out, some with the first hearing, some with the tenth. To be really both immediately very impressive and very durable, like Debussy's Fetes and (...)
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  201. Joseph Agassi (1978). Review. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 13 (1):305 - 326.
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  202. Joseph Agassi (1978). Vesey, Godfrey, Et Al. , "Understanding Wittgenstein". [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 13:305.
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  203. Joseph Agassi (1978). Williams Dodges Agassi's Criticism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 29 (3):248-252.
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  204. Joseph Agassi (1978). Wittgenstein's Heritage. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 13 (2):305 - 326.
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  205. John R. Wettersten & Joseph Agassi (1978). Rationality, Problems Choice. Philosophica 22.
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  206. Joseph Agassi (1977). Robert Boyle's Anonymous Writings. Isis 68:284-287.
     
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  207. Joseph Agassi (1977). Second Reply to Professor Feuer. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7 (3):263.
     
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  208. Joseph Agassi (1977). Towards a Rational Philosophical Anthropology. M. Nijhoff.
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  209. Joseph Agassi (1977). The Methodology of Research Projects: A Sketch. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 8 (1):30-38.
    Summary There is a traditional reluctance among methodologists to study the ever increasingly important phenomenon of research-projects, research-project evaluations, etc. The reason for this is that projects are embedded in programs and programs in intellectual frameworks, or conceptual frameworks, or metaphysical systems. It sounds dogmatic to judge the product of research by a reference to a metaphysical system. Yet, first of all, it is not so dogmatic if judgment can go both ways, if we have competing systems at work, and (...)
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  210. Joseph Agassi (1977). The Zeitgeist and Professor Feuer. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7 (3):251-253.
  211. Joseph Agassi (1977). Who Discovered Boyle's Law? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (3):189-250.
  212. J. Agassi, R. S. Cohen & M. W. Wartofsky (1976). Science in Flux, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 27 (4):405-408.
     
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  213. Joseph Agassi (1976). Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge. Philosophia 6 (1):165-177.
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  214. Joseph Agassi (1976). Causality and Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 1 (4):301-317.
    The philosophers of science who viewed causality as a metaphysical headache were right. Yet when they concluded that it is of no scientific import and of less practical import, they were clearly in error. I say clearly because they thereby recommended that we replace cause by mere empirical correlation, which obviously will not do. Here is an obvious example which proves them in error without even touching upon the question of what science is.
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  215. Joseph Agassi (1976). Social Versus Philosophical Norms of Justification. Philosophical Forum 7 (3):364.
     
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  216. Joseph Agassi (1976). The Lakatosian Revolution. In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel. 9--21.
  217. Paul K. Feyerabend & Joseph Agassi (1976). Comments and Replies. Philosophia 6 (1):177-191.
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  218. Joseph Agassi (1975). Genius in Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 (2):145-161.
  219. Joseph Agassi (1975). In Search of the Zeitgeist. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 (3):339.
     
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  220. Joseph Agassi (1975). Replies. Synthese 30 (1-2):33 - 38.
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  221. Joseph Agassi (1975). Subjectivism: From Infantile Disease to Chronic Illness. Synthese 30 (1-2):3 - 14.
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  222. Joseph Agassi (1975). Science in Flux. D. Reidel Pub. Co..
  223. Joseph Agassi (1975). The Future of Berkeley's Instrumentalism. International Studies in Philosophy 7:167-178.
  224. Joseph Agassi (1975). The Present State of the Philosophy of Science. Philosophica 15.
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  225. Joseph Agassi (1975). Verisimilitude: Comment on David Miller. Synthese 30 (1-2):199 - 204.
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  226. Joseph Agassi & Paul T. Sagal (1975). The Problem of Universals. Philosophical Studies 28 (4):289 - 294.
    The pair democreteanism-Platonism (nothing/something is outside space-Time) differs from the pair nominalism-Realism (universals are/are not nameable entities). Nominalism need not be democretean, And democreateanism is nominalist only if conceptualism is rejected. Putnam's critique of nominalism is thus invalid. Quine's theory is democretean-When-Possible: quine is also a minimalist platonist. Conceptualists and realists agree that universals exist but not as physical objects. Nominalists accept universals only as "facons de parler".
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  227. Robert S. Cohen & Joseph Agassi (1975). Dinosaurs and Horses, Or: Ways with Nature. Synthese 32 (1-2):233 - 247.
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  228. Joseph Agassi (1974). Assurance and Agnosticism. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1974:449 - 457.
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  229. Joseph Agassi (1974). Announcement: Fifth International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Synthese 26 (3/4):516.
     
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  230. Joseph Agassi (1974). Announcement: Third Annual Conference of the Society for Exact Philosophy. Synthese 26 (3/4):518.
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  231. Joseph Agassi (1974). Criteria for Plausible Arguments. Mind 83 (331):406-416.
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  232. Joseph Agassi (1974). Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach. Philosophia 4 (1):163-201.
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  233. Joseph Agassi (1974). Preface. Synthese 29 (1/4):1.
     
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  234. Joseph Agassi (1974). Questions of Science and Metaphysics. Philosophical Forum 5 (4):529.
     
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  235. Joseph Agassi (1974). The Logic of Scientific Inquiry. Synthese 26 (3-4):498 - 514.
    Is methodological theory a priori or a posteriori knowledge? It is perhaps a posteriori improvable, somehow. For example, Duhem discovered that since scientists disagree on methods, they do not always know what they are doing. How is methodological innovation possible? If it is inapplicable in retrospect, then it is not universal and so seems defective; if it is, then there is a miracle here. Even so, the new explicit awareness of rules previously implicitly known is in itself beneficial. And so, (...)
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  236. Joseph Agassi (1974). The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel. Philosophia 4 (2-3):315-317.
    Patriotism is a form of loyalty. The range of loyalty is from patriotism to friendship. Liberals were often accused of having no sense of loyalty. They usually tend to deny the charge — even while refusing to take a loyalty oath. Even the liberal philosopher Sir Karl Popper has claimed (Open Society, i, ch. 10), that liberals can be better patriots than others. 1 find this line of defense erroneous and morally wrong. I find it much nicer, much more honest, (...)
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  237. Joseph Agassi (1974). Alan Ross Anderson Memorial Fund. Inquiry 17 (1-4):511-511.
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  238. Tom Settle, I. C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1974). Towards a Theory of Openness to Criticism. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 4 (1):83-90.
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  239. Joseph Agassi (1973). Continuity and Discontinuity in the History of Science. Journal of the History of Ideas 34 (4):609.
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  240. Joseph Agassi (1973). Rationality and the Tu Quoque Argument. Inquiry 16 (1-4):395 – 406.
    The tu quoque argument is the argument that since in the end rationalism rests on an irrational choice of and commitment to rationality, rationalism is as irrational as any other commitment. Popper's and Polanyi's philosophies of science both accept the argument, and have on that account many similarities; yet Popper manages to remain a rationalist whereas Polanyi decided for an irrationalist version of rationalism. This is more marked in works of their respective followers, W. W. Bartley III and Thomas S. (...)
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  241. Joseph Agassi (1973). Testing as a Bootstrap Operation in Physics. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 4 (1):1-24.
    Science uses its firmest conclusions to arrive at new ones which may well completely destroy these, previously firmest, conclusions. The perceptive may notice that when the previously firmest conclusions are demolished we may remain in the dark with no conclusion worth replacing it with. But only when we replace it with a firmer conclusion can we speak of a bootstrap operation rather than of a refutations. Often, to conclude, the ad hoc nature of a fact-like statement is rooted in the (...)
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  242. J. Agassi (1972). Book Reviews : Cognitive Development and Epistemology. Edited by Theodore Mischel. New York: Academic Press, I97I. Pp. Xv+423. $I6.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (1):367-368.
  243. Joseph Agassi (1972). Books Received. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (4):369.
     
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  244. Joseph Agassi (1972). Cognitive Development and Epistemology" by Theodore Mischel. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (4):367.
     
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  245. Joseph Agassi (1972). Imperfect Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 32 (4):465-477.
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  246. Joseph Agassi (1972). Listening in the Lull. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (4):319.
     
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  247. Joseph Agassi (1972). Review Symposium : I—Listening in the Lull. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (1):319-332.
  248. Joseph Agassi (1972). Review: The Interface of Philosophy and Physics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 39 (2):263 - 265.
  249. Joseph Agassi (1972). Sociologism in Philosophy of Science. Metaphilosophy 3 (2):103–122.
    SummaryIn a nutshell, the present essay claims this: First, the classical problem of knowledge has recently shifted from, How do I know? to, How do we know?–from psychology to sociology. As a phenomenological matter this is a great improvement, as a solution to the problem of rationality it is erroneous and immoral. The problem, should I act, believe, etc., this or that? is answered: You should do so on the authority of your reason. But change the problem of rationality in (...)
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  250. Joseph Agassi (1972). The Twisting of the I.Q. Test. Philosophical Forum 3 (2):265.
     
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  251. Joseph Agassi (1972). The Interface of Philosophy and Physics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 39 (2):263 - 265.
  252. Joseph Agassi (1971). Agassi's Alleged Arbitrariness. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 2 (2):157.
     
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  253. Joseph Agassi (1971). Discussion. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 2 (2):157-165.
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  254. Joseph Agassi (1971). Faraday as a Natural Philosopher. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  255. Joseph Agassi (1971). Kant's Program. Synthese 23 (1):18 - 23.
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  256. Joseph Agassi (1971). Positive Evidence as a Social Institution. Philosophia 1 (3-4):143-157.
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  257. Joseph Agassi (1971). Tautology and Testability in Economics. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 (1):49-63.
    Economics is a science - at least positive economics must be. And science is in part applied mathematics, in part empirical observations and tests. Looking at the history of economics, one cannot find much testing done before the twentieth century, and even the collection of data, even in the manner Marx engaged in, was not common in his day. It is true that economic policy is an older field, and in that field much information is deployed for the purpose of (...)
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  258. Joseph Agassi (1971). The Standard Misinterpretation of Skepticism. Philosophical Studies 22 (4):49 - 50.
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  259. Joseph Agassi (1971). Tristram Shandy, Pierre Menard, and All That Comments Oncriticism and the Growth of Knowledge∗. Inquiry 14 (1-4):152-164.
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  260. Joseph Agassi, I. C. Jarvie & Tom Settle (1971). The Grounds of Reason. Philosophy 46 (175):43 - 50.
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  261. J. Agassi (1970). Philosophy as Literature: The Case of Borges. Mind 79 (314):287 - 294.
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  262. Joseph Agassi (1970). Positive Evidence in Science and Technology. Philosophy of Science 37 (2):261-270.
    If the problem of induction were soluble, it should be solved inductively: by observing how scientists observe, etc. The fact is that scientific research is successful, and the real question is, will it be so in future? If there is a formula of induction by which success is achieved, then by this formula we can say, as long as it will be used science will succeed. If there is no formula it looks as if future success in scientific research is (...)
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  263. Joseph Agassi (1969). Changing Our Background-Knowledge. [REVIEW] Synthese 19 (3-4):453-464.
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  264. Joseph Agassi (1969). Can Religion Go Beyond Reason? Zygon 4 (2):128-168.
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  265. Joseph Agassi (1969). Editorial Note. Synthese 19 (3/4):465.
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  266. Joseph Agassi (1969). Leibniz's Place in the History of Physics. Journal of the History of Ideas 30 (3):331.
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  267. Joseph Agassi (1969). Privileged Access. Inquiry 12 (1-4):420 – 426.
    That everyone has some privileged access to some information is trivially true. The doctrine of privileged access is that I am the authority on all of my own experiences. Possibly this thesis was attacked by Wittgenstein (the thesis on the non?existence of private languages). The thesis was refuted by Freud (I know your dreams better than you), Duhem (I know your methods of scientific discovery better than you), Malinowski (I know your customs and habits better than you), and perception theorists (...)
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  268. Joseph Agassi (1969). Popper on Learning From Experience'. In Peter Achinstein (ed.), Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Oxford, Published by Basil Blackwell with the Cooperation of the University of Pittsburg. 162--71.
     
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  269. Joseph Agassi (1969). Review: Changing Our Background-Knowledge. [REVIEW] Synthese 19 (3/4):453 - 464.
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  270. Joseph Agassi (1968). No More Discovery in Physics? [REVIEW] Synthese 18 (1):103-108.
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  271. Joseph Agassi (1968). On the Limits of Scientific Explanation: Hempel and Evans-Pritchard. Philosophical Forum 1 (2):171.
    In recent years, Hempel has questioned the universal applicability of the deductive model of causal explanation, and suggested supplementing it with a probability model.' When we explain the fact that one child got the measles by the suggestion that he caught it from another child, we are not using the deductive model, he says, since catching measles is a matter of mere probability and not of strict causality: playing with an infected child is not a sufficient condition for infection.
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  272. Joseph Agassi (1968). Precision in Theory and in Measurement. Philosophy of Science 35 (3):287-290.
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  273. Joseph Agassi (1968). Review: No More Discovery in Physics? (Review Essay). [REVIEW] Synthese 18 (1):103 - 108.
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  274. Joseph Agassi (1968). The Novelty of Popper's Philosophy of Science. International Philosophical Quarterly 8 (3):442-463.
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  275. Joseph Agassi (1967). Science and Culture. A Study of Cohesive and Disjunctive Forces by Gerald Holton. [REVIEW] Isis 58:116-118.
     
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  276. Joseph Agassi (1966). Sensationalism. Mind 75 (297):1-24.
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  277. Joseph Agassi (1966). 'Towards an Historiography of Science', History and Theory, Studies in the Philosophy of History. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 17 (3):256-258.
     
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  278. Joseph Agassi (1966). The Mystery of the Ravens. Philosophy of Science 33 (4):395-402.
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  279. Joseph Agassi (1966). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Journal of the History of Philosophy 4 (4):351-354.
  280. Joseph Agassi (1965). Russell Kahl , "Studies in Explanation". [REVIEW] Philosophical Forum 23:49.
     
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  281. Joseph Agassi (1965). Towards an Historiography of Science. Philosophical Review 74 (1):115-117.
    Bacon's inductivist philosophy of science divides thinkers into the scientific and the prejudiced, using as a standard the up-to-date science textbook. Inductivists regard the history of science as progressing smoothly, from facts rather than from problems, to increasingly general theories, undisturbed by contending scientific schools. Conventionalists regard theories as pigeonholes for classifying facts; history of science is the development of increasingly simple theories, neither true nor false. Conventionalism is useless for reconstructing and weighing conflicts between schools, and overemphasizes science's internal (...)
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  282. Joseph Agassi (1964). Analogies as Generalizations. Philosophy of Science 31 (4):351-356.
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  283. Joseph Agassi (1964). Variations on the Liar's Paradox. Studia Logica 15 (1):237 - 238.
    Line 1: The statement on line one is false. Line 2: All statements on line two are false. p and not-p Line 3: All statements on line 3 are true, or all of them are false. p and not-p Line 4: The statement on line 4 is false, or (p and not-p). Line 5: The statement on line 5 is true if and only if (p and not p). Line 6: All statements on line 6 are false. p. Line 7: (...)
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  284. J. Agassi (1963). Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science by Ernest Nagel; Patrick Suppes; Alfred Tarski. [REVIEW] Isis 54:405-407.
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  285. Joseph Agassi (1963). Amperé's Discovery. History and Theory 2:20-23.
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  286. Joseph Agassi (1963). Between Micro and Macro. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 14 (53):26-31.
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  287. Joseph Agassi (1963). Empiricism and Inductivism. Philosophical Studies 14 (6):85 - 86.
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  288. Joseph Agassi (1963). Historical Explanations. History and Theory 2:74-79.
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  289. Joseph Agassi (1963). History of Science-As It is and as It Ought to Be. History and Theory 2:12-14.
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  290. Joseph Agassi (1963). Notes. History and Theory 2:79-117.
     
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  291. Joseph Agassi (1963). Oersted's Discovery. History and Theory 2:67-74.
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  292. Joseph Agassi (1963). Obstacles on the Way to a New Fact. History and Theory 2:60-67.
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  293. Joseph Agassi (1963). Priestley's Dissent. History and Theory 2:45-48.
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  294. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Advantage of Avoiding Being Wise After the Event. History and Theory 2:48-51.
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  295. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Broad Outline of the History of Science. History and Theory 2:23-28.
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  296. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Cancerous Growth of Continuity. History and Theory 2:33-40.
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  297. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Comparative Method. History and Theory 2:40-45.
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  298. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Continuity Theory and the Emergence Technique. History and Theory 2:31-33.
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  299. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Difficulty of Avoiding Being Wise After the Event. History and Theory 2:51-54.
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  300. Joseph Agassi (1963). The Inductivist Philosophy. History and Theory 2:1-3.
    Bacon's inductivist philosophy of science divides thinkers into the scientific and the prejudiced, using as a standard the up-to-date science textbook. Inductivists regard the history of science as progressing smoothly, from facts rather than from problems, to increasingly general theories, undisturbed by contending scientific schools. Conventionalists regard theories as pigeonholes for classifying facts; history of science is the development of increasingly simple theories, neither true nor false. Conventionalism is useless for reconstructing and weighing conflicts between schools, and overemphasizes science's internal (...)
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