Constructive Philosophy

Lorenzen, Paul

In these essays Lorenzen demonstrates that scientific procedures and theories can be given a foundation in nonlinguistic procedures, thus escaping the infinite regress inherent in attempts to produce axiomatic foundations for science. He then demonstrates how, by using linguistic operations similarly founded, these procedures can be expressed in propositions and then further refined to construct individual scientific theories. Thus Lorenzen and the constructivists also illuminate the normative aspect of science, its ability to guide and regulate technical practice. In this way constructive philosophy also enunciates a regulatory principle for science, accepting as meaningful science only those procedures and propositions that can be demonstrated to be constructible from a foundation in nonlinguistic procedures and similarly founded linguistic operations.

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