Joseph Agassi Tel Aviv University, York University
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  1. Joseph Agassi (forthcoming). Book Review: Paul Feyerabend: Ein Philosoph Aus Wien, Edited by F. Stadler and KR Fischer. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
  2. 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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  3. J. Agassi (2013). Better a Bang Than a Whimper. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (3):390-396.
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Joseph Agassi (2013). Book Review: Tacit and Explicit Knowledge. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (2):275-279.
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Joseph Agassi (2011). Contemporary European Philosophy, After Half-a-Century. Polish Journal of Philosophy 5 (1):139-148.
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  12. Joseph Agassi (2011). Verisimilitude. Discusiones Filosóficas 12 (19):61 - 86.
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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.
  18. Joseph Agassi (2009). Popper's Insights Into the State of Economics. In. In Zuzana Parusniková & R. S. Cohen (eds.), Rethinking Popper. Springer. 357--368.
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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  24. Joseph Agassi (2008). Nicholas Maxwell:Is Science Neurotic?:Is Science Neurotic? Philosophy of Science 75 (4):477-479.
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. J. Agassi (2006). The Intellectual by Steve Fuller. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (2):241.
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  31. J. Agassi (2006). Book Review: The Intellectual. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (2):241-242.
  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Joseph Agassi (2003). Comparability and Incommensurability. Social Epistemology 17 (2 & 3):93 – 94.
  39. Joseph Agassi (2003). Irrationalism with a Human Face. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (3):375-385.
  40. 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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  41. J. Agassi (2002). A Touch of Malice. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 32 (1):107-119.
  42. Joseph Agassi (2002). Kuhn's Way. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 32 (3):394-430.
  43. 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.
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  44. Joseph Agassi (2001). Reply to Professor Gross. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (2):252-253.
  45. Joseph Agassi (2000). The Disorder of Things. International Studies in Philosophy 32 (2):136-138.
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  46. Joseph Agassi & Nathaniel Laor (2000). How Ignoring Repeatability Leads to Magic. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (4):528-586.
  47. J. Agassi (1999). Book Review: The Rhetoric of Science. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (2):329-335.
  48. Joseph Agassi (1999). Liberal Nationalism for Isreal, 1999. gefen.
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  49. 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.
  50. Joseph Agassi (1999). The Rhetoric of Science, by Allen G. Gross. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29:329-335.
     
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  51. 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.
     
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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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.
  55. Joseph Agassi (1997). Celebrating the Open Society. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (4):486-525.
  56. Joseph Agassi (1997). Shapin on Boyle. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (2):219-236.
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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. J. Agassi (1995). Philosophie Als Lebenshilfe? Conceptus 28 (72):83-92.
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  63. J. Agassi (1995). Popper, Karl, 1902-1994-Learning From Negative Instances. Radical Philosophy 70:2-4.
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  64. 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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  65. Joseph Agassi (1995). Summary of AFOS Workshop, 1994. Foundations of Science 1 (1):161-166.
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  66. J. Agassi (1994). Das Problem der Rationalität in der pluralistischen Gesellschaft. Conceptus 28 (71):251-262.
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  67. J. Agassi (1994). The Theory and Practice of Critical Rationalism. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 160:1-1.
     
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  68. 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.
  69. J. Agassi & S. F. Mason (1994). Radiation Theory and the Quantum Revolution. Annals of Science 51 (6):677-677.
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  70. Joseph Agassi (1994). An Inductivist Version of Critical Rationalism. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (4):458-465.
  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. J. Agassi (1993). Neurath in Retrospect. Iyyun: Ecit 42 (1993):443-453.
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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. Joseph Agassi (1993). Review Essays : Phenomenology of Technology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (4):528-536.
  80. 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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  81. Including Contributing, Joseph Agassi & James Allan (1993). An Index of Hume Studies: 1975-1993. Hume Studies 19 (2):327-364.
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  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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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  85. 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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  86. Joseph Agassi (1992). Rationality: Philosophical and Social Aspects. [REVIEW] Minerva 30 (3):366-390.
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  87. 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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  88. Joseph Agassi (1991). The Siblinghood of Humanity: An Introduction to Philosophy. Caravan Books.
     
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  89. 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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  90. Joseph Agassi (1990). An Introduction to Philosophy: The Siblinghood of Humanity. Caravan Books.
     
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  91. Joseph Agassi (1990). Induction and Stochastic Independence. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (1):141-142.
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  92. Joseph Agassi (1990). Global Responsibility. Journal of Applied Philosophy 7 (2):217-221.
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  93. J. Agassi (1989). The Lark and the Tortoise. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (1):89-94.
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  94. 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.
  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. Joseph Agassi (1989). The Logic of Consensus and of Extremes. In. In Fred D'Agostino & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Freedom and Rationality. Reidel. 3--21.
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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. Joseph Agassi (1988). The Future of Big Science. Journal of Applied Philosophy 5 (1):17-26.
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  101. Nathaniel Laor & Joseph Agassi (1988). The Grand Protester: Lacan on the Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 18 (1):73-100.
  102. J. Agassi (1987). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (3):83-84.
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  103. 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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  104. Joseph Agassi (1987). Methodological Individualism and Institutional Individualism. In. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 119--150.
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  105. Joseph Agassi (1987). Theories of Rationality. In. 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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  106. 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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  107. Joseph Agassi (1987). Whatever Happened to the Positivist Theory of Meaning. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 18 (1-2):22-29.
  108. Joseph Agassi & Judith Buber Agassi (1987). Sexism in Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 17 (4):515-522.
  109. Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.) (1987). Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  110. 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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  111. I. C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). A Study in Westernization. In. 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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  112. I. C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Rationality of Irrationalism. In. In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: The Critical View. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. 445--451.
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  113. Ian C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). Magic and Rationality Again. In. 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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  114. Ian C. Jarvie & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Problem of the Rationality of Magic. In. 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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  115. John R. Wettersten & Joseph Agassi (1987). The Choice of Problems and the Limits of Reason. In. 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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  116. 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.
  117. Joseph Agassi (1986). A Note on Smith's Term "Naturalism". Hume Studies 12 (1):92-96.
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  118. 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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  119. Joseph Agassi (1986). I. God Save Us From Our Friends; Enemies We Have No More. Philosophia 16 (2):209-238.
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  120. Joseph Agassi (1986). III. Refutation a la Popper: A Rejoinder. Philosophia 16 (2):245-247.
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  121. Joseph Agassi (1986). On Hugo Bergman's Contribution to Epistemology. In Abraham Zvie Bar-On (ed.), On Shmuel Hugo Bergman's Philosophy. 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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  122. Joseph Agassi (1986). Popper in Basic English. Philosophia 15 (4):409-419.
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  123. Joseph Agassi (1986). Towards a Canonic Version of Classical Political Theory. In. In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 153--170.
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  124. Joseph Agassi (1986). The Consolations of Science. American Philosophical Quarterly 23 (2):129 - 141.
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  125. Joseph Agassi (1986). The Politics of Science. Journal of Applied Philosophy 3 (1):35-48.
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  126. I. C. Jarvie & J. Agassi (1986). Indexes, Footnotes and Problems. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 16 (3):367-374.
  127. 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.
  128. Joseph Agassi (1985). The Unity of Hume's Thought. Hume Studies 1985 (1):87-109.
  129. Joseph Agassi (1984). II. Nationalism and the Philosophy of Zionism. Inquiry 27 (1-4):311-326.
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  130. Joseph Agassi (1984). III. The Cheapening of Science∗. Inquiry 27 (1-4):166-172.
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  131. 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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  132. Joseph Agassi (1983). This Message is for You. Maybe. Philosophy and Literature 7 (1):95-98.
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  133. Joseph Agassi (1983). The Structure of the Quantum Revolution. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 13 (3):367-381.
  134. Joseph Agassi (1983). What We Can Learn From Other Animals. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 13 (2):235-246.
  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. Joseph Agassi (1982). Irrationalism Today. Dialectica 36 (2‐3):127-146.
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  138. 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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  139. Peggy Marchi, Joseph Agassi & John R. Wettersten (1982). The Death of Heuristic? Philosophia 11 (3-4):249-276.
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  140. Joseph Agassi (1981). I. The Place of Sparks in the World of Blah. Inquiry 24 (4):455 – 469.
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  141. Joseph Agassi (1981). Simulation? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 (4):535.
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  142. 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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  143. John Kekes, Joseph Agassi, Edward Mackinnon, Gerhard D. Wassermann & Warren Hagar (1981). Book Reviews and Critical Studies. [REVIEW] Philosophia 10 (1-2):43-139.
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  144. 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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  145. Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (1980). The Rationality of Irrationalism. Metaphilosophy 11 (2):127–133.
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  146. Joseph Agassi & John R. Wettersten (1980). Stegmüller Squared. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 11 (1):86-94.
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  147. Joseph Agassi (1979). The Legacy of Lakatos. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 9 (3):316-326.
  148. 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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  149. Joseph Agassi (1978). Knowledge and Error. Philosophia 8 (2-3):485-496.
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  150. 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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  151. 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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  152. Joseph Agassi (1978). Review. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 13 (1):305 - 326.
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  153. Joseph Agassi (1978). Williams Dodges Agassi's Criticism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 29 (3):248-252.
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  154. Joseph Agassi (1978). Wittgenstein's Heritage. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 13 (2):305 - 326.
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  155. John R. Wettersten & Joseph Agassi (1978). Rationality, Problems Choice. Philosophica 22.
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  156. Joseph Agassi (1977). Towards a Rational Philosophical Anthropology. M. Nijhoff.
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  157. 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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  158. Joseph Agassi (1977). The Zeitgeist and Professor Feuer. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7 (3):251-253.
  159. Joseph Agassi (1977). Who Discovered Boyle's Law? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (3):189-250.
  160. Joseph Agassi (1976). Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge. Philosophia 6 (1):165-177.
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  161. 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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  162. Joseph Agassi (1976). The Lakatosian Revolution. In. In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel. 9--21.
  163. Paul K. Feyerabend & Joseph Agassi (1976). Comments and Replies. Philosophia 6 (1):177-191.
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  164. Joseph Agassi (1975). Genius in Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 (2):145-161.
  165. Joseph Agassi (1975). Replies. Synthese 30 (1-2):33 - 38.
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  166. Joseph Agassi (1975). Subjectivism: From Infantile Disease to Chronic Illness. Synthese 30 (1-2):3 - 14.
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  167. Joseph Agassi (1975). Science in Flux. D. Reidel Pub. Co..
  168. Joseph Agassi (1975). The Future of Berkeley's Instrumentalism. International Studies in Philosophy 7:167-178.
  169. Joseph Agassi (1975). The Present State of the Philosophy of Science. Philosophica 15.
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  170. Joseph Agassi (1975). Verisimilitude: Comment on David Miller. Synthese 30 (1-2):199 - 204.
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  171. 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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  172. Robert S. Cohen & Joseph Agassi (1975). Dinosaurs and Horses, Or: Ways with Nature. Synthese 32 (1-2):233 - 247.
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  173. 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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  174. Joseph Agassi (1974). Criteria for Plausible Arguments. Mind 83 (331):406-416.
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  175. Joseph Agassi (1974). Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach. Philosophia 4 (1):163-201.
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  176. 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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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. 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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  180. Joseph Agassi (1973). Testing as a Bootstrap Operation in Physics. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 4 (1):1-24.
  181. 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.
  182. Joseph Agassi (1972). Imperfect Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 32 (4):465-477.
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  183. Joseph Agassi (1972). Review Symposium : I—Listening in the Lull. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2 (1):319-332.
  184. Joseph Agassi (1972). Review: The Interface of Philosophy and Physics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 39 (2):263 - 265.
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  185. Joseph Agassi (1972). Sociologism in Philosophy of Science. Metaphilosophy 3 (2):103–122.
  186. Joseph Agassi (1972). The Interface of Philosophy and Physics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 39 (2):263 - 265.
  187. Joseph Agassi (1971). Discussion. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 2 (2):157-165.
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  188. Joseph Agassi (1971). Kant's Program. Synthese 23 (1):18 - 23.
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  189. Joseph Agassi (1971). Positive Evidence as a Social Institution. Philosophia 1 (3-4):143-157.
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  190. 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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  191. Joseph Agassi (1971). The Standard Misinterpretation of Skepticism. Philosophical Studies 22 (4):49 - 50.
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  192. 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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  193. Joseph Agassi, I. C. Jarvie & Tom Settle (1971). The Grounds of Reason. Philosophy 46 (175):43 - 50.
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  194. J. Agassi (1970). Philosophy as Literature: The Case of Borges. Mind 79 (314):287 - 294.
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  195. 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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  196. Joseph Agassi (1969). Changing Our Background-Knowledge. [REVIEW] Synthese 19 (3-4):453-464.
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  197. Joseph Agassi (1969). Can Religion Go Beyond Reason? Zygon 4 (2):128-168.
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  198. 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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  199. 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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  200. Joseph Agassi (1969). Review: Changing Our Background-Knowledge. [REVIEW] Synthese 19 (3/4):453 - 464.
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  201. Joseph Agassi (1968). No More Discovery in Physics? [REVIEW] Synthese 18 (1):103-108.
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  202. Joseph Agassi (1968). Precision in Theory and in Measurement. Philosophy of Science 35 (3):287-290.
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  203. Joseph Agassi (1968). Review: No More Discovery in Physics? (Review Essay). [REVIEW] Synthese 18 (1):103 - 108.
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  204. Joseph Agassi (1968). The Novelty of Popper's Philosophy of Science. International Philosophical Quarterly 8 (3):442-463.
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  205. Joseph Agassi (1966). Sensationalism. Mind 75 (297):1-24.
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  206. Joseph Agassi (1966). The Mystery of the Ravens. Philosophy of Science 33 (4):395-402.
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  207. Joseph Agassi (1966). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Journal of the History of Philosophy 4 (4):351-354.
  208. Joseph Agassi (1964). Analogies as Generalizations. Philosophy of Science 31 (4):351-356.
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  209. 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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  210. Joseph Agassi (1963). Between Micro and Macro. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 14 (53):26-31.
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  211. Joseph Agassi (1963). Empiricism and Inductivism. Philosophical Studies 14 (6):85 - 86.
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  212. Joseph Agassi & John King-Farlow (1961). Discussion. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):82 – 91.
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  213. J. Agassi (1960). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 11 (41):83-84.
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  214. J. Agassi (1960). The Way Things Are. By P. W. Bridgman. (Harvard University Press. London: Oxford University Press, 1959. Pp. 325. Price 45s.). [REVIEW] Philosophy 35 (135):374-.
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  215. J. Agassi (1959). Epistemology as an Aid to Science: Comments on Dr Buchdahl's Paper. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 10 (38):135-146.
  216. Joseph Agassi (1959). Corroboration Versus Induction. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 9 (36):311-317.
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  217. E. R. Dodds, R. M. Martin, J. Agassi, Robert Kirkham, G. H. Bird, Jenny Teichmann, R. N. Smart & N. J. Brown (1959). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 68 (270):269-286.
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  218. J. Agassi (1958). A Hegelian View of Complementarity. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 9 (33):57-63.
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  219. J. Agassi (1958). Koyré on the History of Cosmology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 9 (35):234-245.
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  220. J. Agassi (1958). Review: A Hegelian View of Complementarity. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 9 (33):57 - 63.
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  221. J. Agassi (1958). Review: Koyré on the History of Cosmology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 9 (35):234 - 245.
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  222. J. Agassi (1957). Duhem Versus Galileo. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 8 (31):237-248.
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  223. J. Agassi (1957). Review: Duhem Versus Galileo. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 8 (31):237 - 248.
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  224. Joseph Agassi, Agassi, One Palestine, Page.
    Joseph Agassi One Palestine, Two Nations Many are the problems that beset the tragically war-torn and forlorn Palestine. The extant proposed solutions to them all are few. They all relate to the framework of the establishment or the re-establishment of one, two, or three states. Let me list them first regardless of their value.
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  225. Joseph Agassi, Can Adults Become Genuinely Bilingual?
    The variety of languages in the world is considered a curse by some, who view the phenomenon as a Tower of Babel. Others consider it the most characteristic quality of human language as opposed to animal languages, which are supposedly species specific. The variety is viewed as a symptom of human caprice, arbitrariness, or dependence on mere historical accident by some; and as a symptom of human freedom and of the creative aspect of language by others. And, of course, the (...)
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  226. Joseph Agassi, Deconstructing Post-Modernism: Gellner and Crocodile Dundee.
    Abstract and Introduction. This essay is an attempt to dispense with the negative aspects of Romanticism and examine whatever positive it has to offer--in the light of ideas scattered through diverse writings of Ernest Gellner.
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  227. Joseph Agassi, Dissertation Without Tears, P.
    Dissertation without tears By Joseph Agassi Tel-Aviv University 1. Perfectionism is the loss of the sense of proportion. 2. Perfectionism in education is pedantry and obstruction. 3. Pedantry expels traditional writing techniques. 4. There are many ways to write a scientific study. 5. The best and easiest writing formula is the dialectic. 1. Perfectionism is the loss of the sense of proportion.
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  228. Joseph Agassi, ©FacultyofEducation,UniversityofCalgary,1999 Science Education Without Pressure.
    The traditional, dogmatic educational sys tem was reinforced by the addition of science instruction to its curriculum. Three errors are reinforced by this move and the subsequent split of the system into streams. a) Pressure is confused with coercion, b) Interactive study is confused with assigned e x e r c i s e s a n d w i t h s e l f- instruction, and c) Aptitude (disposition) is confused with talent (ability). Reform must begin in the (...)
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  229. Joseph Agassi, Israeli Judaism, P.
    The main concern of these notes is objectivity. The demand of traditional rationalism for absolute objectivity is excessive; the license of hermeneuticists and post-modernists to replace objectivity by frank ethnocentrism by endorsing local prejudices is unfortunate. Most social observers still attempt to overcome ethnocentrism, by the use of statistics and of the field method of participant observation and of other means, knowing that no guarantee is possible. As the volume at hand concerns the sociology of one religion in one place, (...)
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  230. Joseph Agassi, Joseph Agassi.
    Analogies have been traditionally recognized as a proper part of inductive procedures, akin to generalizations. Seldom, however, have they been presented as superior to generalizations, in the attainability of a higher degree of certitude for their conclusions or in other respects. Though Bacon de6nitely preferred analogy to generalization~, the tradition seems to me to go the other way — until the recent publication of works by Mary B. Hesse {[2], pp. 21-28 and passim) and, perhaps, R. Harre {[lj, pp. 23-28 (...)
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  231. Joseph Agassi, Karl Popper.
    On September 17, 1994, Karl Popper died at the age of 92.He was described as the official opposition of the “ Vienna Circle”, the philosophical club which in the inter-war period was glamorous and which espoused the then popular doctrine of logical positivism, so-called. His relations with that club were friendly-hostile, to use the term with which he liked to characterize the relations between scientific researchers. He is the last of that generation (unless it is Carl G. Hempel, who, however, (...)
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  232. Joseph Agassi, Man.
    1. The Real Claim of the Chicago School If anything dramatic has happened in economic theory over the last one hundred years – namely, since the advent of marginalism – then, everyone agrees, it was not the rise of the Chicago neo -classical school which, after all, only synthesized the various versions of marginalism, but the Keynesian Revolution. Assessments of this revolution were repeatedly invited, particularly by opponent, chiefly from Chicago. F. A. von Hayek has explicitly and bitterly blames Keynes (...)
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  233. Joseph Agassi, Mscussiont Analogies as Generalizations.
    Analogies have been traditionally recognized as a proper part of inductive procedures, akin to generalizations. Seldom, however, have they been presented as superior to generalizations, in the attainability of a higher degree of certitude for their conclusions or in other respects. Though Bacon de6nitely preferred analogy to generalization~, the tradition seems to me to go the other way — until the recent publication of works by Mary B. Hesse {[2], pp. 21-28 and passim) and, perhaps, R. Harre {[lj, pp. 23-28 (...)
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  234. Joseph Agassi, Scientific Literacy.
    the walls of the academy. The wall is defended by the idea that not only do experts possess knowledge beyond the ken of lay people, which is trivially true, but that there is an unbridgeable gulf between the two. The aim of this presentation, then, is to discuss the possibility of building a bridge between the ordinary educated citizen and the expert. The tool for this is the famous effort to disseminate scientific literacy, or more generally, any specific sophisticated literacy. (...)
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  235. Joseph Agassi, The Ivory Tower and the Seat of Power.
    The system of higher education always has a significant place in national political affairs. Politically indifferent academics may legitimately ignore this. Those concerned with the welfare of the system of higher education, however, cannot afford this luxury. Further, intellectuals, including academics, are a significant political factor even when passive. Even were all of them to ignore all politics, including the ever-present political importance of the educational system for national politics, they would still play a particularly significant role in national politics (...)
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  236. Joseph Agassi, The Theory and Practice of the Welfare State.
    Criticism of the welfare state is mostly economic and administrative, relating to the resultant national debt and state bureaucracy. Budget cuts and privatization may help but not eliminate the difficulty. Yet, the primary concern of the welfare system is neither economic nor administrative; so, the force of this criticism is limited. To restrict the discussion to the defunct free-markets and centralized economies is to distort and to obstruct clear thinking on national priorities. Criticism of any welfare system should not aim (...)
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  237. Shlomo Biderman, Ben-Ami Scharfstein & Joseph Agassi, A B s T R a C T.
    The traditional hermeneutic ruling not to use reports and legends for questioning edicts and rules signifies the tacit recognition, contrary to explicit statement, of the part of the Rabbinical leadership, of the inevitability of change in diverse aspects if Jewish life. This may invite criticism of the conduct of the ancient leadership, which, as always, is questionable and useless. Rather, an open discussion should be instituted on the proposal to make future changes openly, not surreptitiously; particularly the change from surreptitious (...)
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  238. David Martel Johnson & Joseph Agassi, Summary and Conclusions.
    As a new field, cognitivism began with the total rejection of the old, traditional views of language acquisition and of learning ─ individual and collective alike. Chomsky was one of the pioneers in this respect, yet he clouds issues by excessive claims for his originality and by not allowing the beginner in the art of the acquisition of language the use of learning by making hypotheses and testing them, though he acknowledges that researchers, himself included, do use this method. The (...)
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  239. Joseph Agassi, ויקרא.
    ספר ויקרא, או תורת כוהנים, נראה היום פחות מעניין מאשר ספרי-קודש אחרים, כי הוא ספר מצוות - הוא כולל כארבעים אחוז מכל תרי"ג המצוות - ואף במידה רבה מצוות שאינן בתוקף מאז חורבן בית-המקדש. אך יש בו עניין, שכן הוא מוכר כספר השלם ביותר מבחינת סגנונו ותכנו, ואולי אף בכך שעריכתו כנראה עתיקה ביותר - לא לדעת דון יצחק אברבנאל, שכן הוא לא הטיל בספק כי תורה נתנה למשה מפי הגבורה - אמנם לא בסיני אך בכל-זאת למשה מפי הגבורה. החוקרים (...)
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  240. Joseph Agassi, Anthropomorphism in Science.
    ANTHROPOMORPHISM is an inveterate tendency to project human qualities into natural phenomena—consciously or not. The standard and most important variant of anthropomorphism is animism which sees a soul in everything in nature. Before entering into the role of anthropomorphism in the history of science, let us consider a few important and usually neglected logical aspects of the idea.
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  241. Joseph Agassi, Agassi, Tower,.
    The thesis or theses I wish to present here may, and hopefully should, sound rather trivial. The public role which concerned philosophers should take these days, I suppose, is somewhat similar to the role of preachers in earlier days, namely to state what should be obvious and treated as obvious but is nonetheless systematically overlooked.
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  242. Joseph Agassi, Agassi, Verisimilitude, P.
    The idea of verisimilitude is implicit in the writings of Albert Einstein ever since 1905, when he declared the distribution of field energy according to Maxwell's theory an approximation to that according to quantum-radiation theory, and Newtonian kinetic energy an approximation to his relativistic mass-energy. All his life Einstein presented new ideas as yielding older established ones as special cases and first approximations. The news has reached the philosophical community via the writings of Sir Karl Popper half-a-century after Einstein's (...)
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  243. Joseph Agassi, Brainwashing.
    The word "brain-washing", translated from Chinese communist jargon, is a very strong metaphor, first popularized by Robert Jay Lifto n. It vividly describes one person interfering with the personality make-up of another, removing the other's ideology and replacing it, and similarly tampering with the other's tastes, pool of information to rely upon and whatever else goes into the make-up of the other's personality. Clearly, in some sense or another everyone interferes with the personality of people with whom they interact; yet (...)
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  244. Joseph Agassi, Book Reviews Jacob Katz on Jewtsh Social Histoy. [REVIEW]
    Jacob Katz, Tradition and Crisis: Jewish Society at the End of the Middle Ages , in Hebrew, Jerusalem, .1953, pp. 310. English translation, 1961.
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  245. Joseph Agassi, Chomsky, P.
    Summary and conclusions As a new field, cognitivism began with the total rejection of the old, traditional views of language acquisition and of learning -- individual and collective alike. Chomsky was one of the pioneers in this respect, yet he clouds issues by excessive claim s for his originality and by not allowing the beginner in the art of the acquisition of language the use of learning by making hypotheses and testing them, though he acknowledges that researchers, himself included, do (...)
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  246. Joseph Agassi, Deception: A View From the Rationalist Perspective.
    Self- Deception in General "A Liberal Decalogue" suggests (Russell, 1967, pp. 60-61) not to envy people who live in a fool's paradise: It is a place only for fools. This saying invites detailed commentary. A fool's paradise is not a place, but a state o f mind; it is a system of opinions, of assessments of situations, that calms one down, that reassures one into the opinion that all is well, even when all is far from well. Fools may be (...)
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  247. Joseph Agassi, Fundamenta Scientiae, 9, 1988, 189-202 (Slightly Revised) Neo-Classical Economics as 18th Century Theory Of.
    1. The Real Claim of the Chicago School If anything dramatic has happened in economic theory over the last one hundred years – namely, since the advent of marginalism – then, everyone agrees, it was not the rise of the Chicago neo -classical school which, after all, only synthesized the various versions of marginalism, but the Keynesian Revolution. Assessments of this revolution were repeatedly invited, particularly by opponent, chiefly from Chicago. F. A. von Hayek has explicitly and bitterly blames Keynes (...)
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  248. Joseph Agassi, Kwan Lihuen on Agassi in Education.
    to read this you need Chinese characters.
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  249. Joseph Agassi, Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994).
    Karl R. Popper is “the outstanding philosopher of the twentieth century” (Bryan Magee), even “the greatest thinker of the [twentieth] century” (Gellner). He felt affinity with thinkers of the Age of Reason and developed a new version of rationalism: critical rationalism. As a champion of science and of democracy he was the most influential philosopher of the post-WWII era. He was a close follower of Bertrand Russell and of Albert Einstein in that all three advocated problem-oriented fallibilism (during the peak (...)
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  250. Joseph Agassi, / On the Open Grave of Hillel Kook (Peter Bergson).
    Even of that, I cannot elaborate. He joined the Irgun National Military Organization as a youth, joined its headquarters as a teenager, and went abroad on a mission at the age of 22, from which he returned a decade later, after his chief political activity was over. I cannot describe all that now. I will sum it up briefly. His life work had two great achievements and two heartbreaking failures. The struggle to rescue the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust (...)
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  251. Joseph Agassi, Quanta in Context.
    The context of a scientific theory can be epistemological and methodological. Or it car be metaphysical, relating to the intellectual framework within which we cast it. Or it can be intertheoretical, both synchronically and diachronically. My concern here will be mainly diachronical -- the historical context of quantum theory, what is required of it vis -a-vis that context and how well it fulfills this requirement. But I shall come to this only at the later part of this essay. I shall (...)
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  252. Joseph Agassi, Rights and Reason.
    is an unusual phenomenon. The concern with rights different citizens have in different societies is legal rather than philosophical. It is frequently somewhat a technical matter for jurisprudence to decide exactly what rights a citizen has in a given situation and how he might best exercise his rights. Often, to be sure, the legal technicalities involve matters of principle, and if so these should be made explicit. For this, too, there is a need less for philosophy and more for jurisprudence, (...)
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  253. Joseph Agassi, Rituals to Block the Reform of Education.
    New York University Professor Jerome S. Bruner, an eminent and influential educationist, is the author of numerous papers published in professional journals as well as of several highly successful books. Bruner's slim book titled The Process of Education is a most significant work. At the time of its publication (1960), Bruner was a professor of psychology at Harvard University, where he ran the Center for Cognitive Studies. It is an acclaimed classic and was translated into several languages within a few (...)
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  254. Joseph Agassi, The Brundtland Report, P.
    Why are the efforts at coordination so feeble? Unless we face this question, we may never see progress. The answer is not hard to find. Decisions on matters of life and death are awesome; decisions on some awesome questions are guided by accepted laws, rules or customs; other awesome questions are open. Obviously, having to decide on an open, awesome question is a hardship in every possible manner: intellectually and practically, legally and morally, socially and psychologically. People are reluctant to (...)
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  255. Joseph Agassi, On the Limits of Scientific Explanation: Hempel and Evans-Pritchard.
    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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  256. Joseph Agassi, Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Popper's Popular Critics.
    Two suggestions are at the back of the present talk. First, toleration is obligatory, not criticism. So do not try to make people critically-minded: do not force them in any way to try to offer or accept criticism, to learn to participate effectively in the game of critical discussion. If they refuse, then they are within their right. Also, they will easily ad vance excuses for their refusal; admittedly some of these are unreasonable, but not all. Instead of trying to (...)
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