As an academic discipline, the philosophy and history of science in Turkey was marked by two historical events: Hans Reichenbach's immigrating to Turkey and taking a post between 1933 and 1938 at Istanbul University prior to his tenure at UCLA, and Aydin Sayili's establishing a chair in the history of science in 1952 after having become the first student to receive a Ph.D. under George Sarton at Harvard University. Since then, both disciplines have flourished in Turkey.
The present book, which contains seventeen newly commissioned articles, aims to give a rich overview of the current state of research by Turkish philosophers and historians of science. Topics covered address issues in methodology, causation, and reduction, and include philosophy of logic and physics, philosophy of psychology and language, and Ottoman science studies. The book also contains an unpublished interview with Maria Reichenbach, Hans Reichenbach's wife, which sheds new light on Reichenbach's academic and personal life in Istanbul and at UCLA.
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
"Philosophy is alive and well in Turkey. This is a wonderful volume, chock-full of first-rate essay by Turkish philosophers and historians of science. Readers will also learn something about the early days of analytical philosophy in Turkey. The interview that Guven Guzeldere conducted with Maria Reichenbach and David Kaplan is a fascinating read. If, however, your department is fighting for more office space, keep the volume out of the hands of your university administrators. Maria Reichenbach reports: `Hans by the way shared an office with Bertrand Russell when he was at UCLA'."
(Brian McLaughlin, Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department, Rutgers University)
"This is a collection of excellently written essays of remarkable breadth that exhibits the achievements of contemporary Turkish philosophers and historians of science. The interview with Maria Reichenbach and David Kaplan is necessary reading for anyone interested in the history of 20th century philosophy of science."
(Peter Machamer, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Pittsburgh)
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