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Bunge, Mario 1919-

Works: 415 works in 2,055 publications in 7 languages and 26,546 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree, Compiler, Translator, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: Q175, 122
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Most widely held works by Mario Bunge
Causality; the place of the causal principle in modern science by Mario Bunge( Book )

37 editions published between 1959 and 1982 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The critical approach to science and philosophy by Mario Bunge( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of physics by Mario Bunge( Book )

35 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with some of the current issues in the philosophy, methodology and foundations of physics. Some such problems are: - Do mathematical formalisms interpret themselves or is it necessary to adjoin them interpretation assumptions, and if so how are these as sumptions to be framed? - What are physical theories about: physical systems or laboratory operations or both or neither? - How are the basic concepts of a theory to be introduced: by ref erence to measurements or by explicit definition or axiomatically? - What is the use ofaxiomatics in physics? - How are the various physical theories inter-related: like Chinese boxes or in more complex ways? - What is the role of analogy in the construction and in the inter pretation of physical theories? In particular, are classical analogues like those of particle and wave indispensable in quantum theories? - What is the role of the apparatus in quantum phenomena and what is the place of measurement theory in quantum mechanics? - How does a theory face experiment: single-handed or with the help of further theories? These and several other questions of the kind are met with by the research physicist, the physics teacher and the physics student in their everyday work. If dodged they will recur. And a wrong answer to them may obscure the understanding of what has been achieved and may even hamper further advancement. Philosophy, methodology and foundations, like rose bushes, are enjoyable when cultivated but become ugly and thorny when neglected
Metascientific queries by Mario Bunge( Book )

108 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mind-body problem : a psychobiological approach by Mario Bunge( Book )

20 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific research by Mario Bunge( Book )

56 editions published in 1967 in 4 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the world by Mario Bunge( Book )

115 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this Introduction is to sketch our approach to the study of value, morality and action, and to show the place we assign it in the system of human knowledge. 1. VALUE, MORALITY AND ACTION: FACT, THEORY, AND METATHEORY We take it that all animals evaluate some things and some processes, and that some of them learn the social behavior patterns we call 'moral principles', and even act according to them at least some of the time. An animal incapable of evaluating anything would be very short-lived; and a social animal that did not observe the accepted social behavior patterns would be punished. These are facts about values, morals and behavior patterns: they are incorporated into the bodies of animals or the structure of social groups. We distinguish then the facts of valuation, morality and action from the study of such facts. This study can be scientific, philosophic or both. wayan animal evaluates environmental A zoologist may investigate the or internal stimuli; a social psychologist may examine the way children learn, or fail to learn, certain values and norms when placed in certain environments. And a philosopher may study such descriptive or explan atory studies, with a view to evaluating valuations, moral norms, or behavior patterns; he may analyze the very concepts of value, morals and action, as well as their cognates; or he may criticize or reconstruct value beliefs, moral norms and action plans
Finding philosophy in social science by Mario Bunge( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bunge analyzes concepts that the fields of philosophy and social science share, such as fact, cause, and value. He discusses assumptions and misassumptions involved in such current approaches as idealism, materialism, and subjectivism, and finds that none of the best-known philosophies helps to advance or even understand social science. In a highly critical appraisal of rational choice theories, Bunge insists that these models provide no solid substantive theory of society, nor do they help guide rational action. He offers ten criteria by which to evaluate philosophies of social science and proposes novel solutions to social science's methodological and philosophical problems. He argues forcefully that a particular union of rationalism, realism, and systemism is the logical and viable philosophical stance for social science practitioners
Rutherford and physics at the turn of the century( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foundations of physics by Mario Bunge( Book )

15 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is not an introduction to physics but an analysis of its founda tions. Indeed, the aims of this book are: (1) to analyze the form and content of some of the key ideas of physics; (2) to formulate several basic physical theories in an explicit and orderly (i. e., axiomatic) fashion; (3) to exhibit their presuppositions and discuss some of their philosoph ical implications; (4) to discuss some of the controversial issues, and (5) to debunk certain dusty philosophical tenets that obscure the under standing of physics and hinder its progress. To the extent to which these goals are attained, the volume can serve as a companion to studies in theoretical physics aiming at deepening the understanding of the logical structure and the physical meaning of our science. In order to keep the book slender, whole fields of basic physical research had to be excluded - chiefly many-body physics, quantum field theories, and elementary particle theories. A large coverage was believed to be less important than a comparatively detailed analysis and reconstruction of three representative monuments: classical mechan ics, general relativity, and quantum mechanics, as well as their usually unrecognized presuppositions. The reader is invited to join the project and supply some of the many missing chapters - or to rewrite the present ones entirely
Intuition and science by Mario Bunge( Book )

22 editions published between 1962 and 1975 in English and Spanish and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum theory and reality; [papers] by Mario Bunge( Book )

26 editions published in 1967 in English and German and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tum of the Tide During centuries physicists were supposed to be studying the physical world. Since the turn of the century this assumption has often been challenged as naive: it was proclaimed that physics is not about the external world but about observers and their manipUlations: that it is meaningless to talk of anything else than observation devices and opera tions: that the laws of physics concern our knowledge rather than the external world. This view of the nature of physical science has old roots in philo sophy but it was independently reinvented by a number of philosophi cally inclined physicists, notably ERNST MACH. These scientists were disgusted with the school philosophies and they were alarmed by the increasing number of physical concepts which they regarded as meta physical or beyond experimental control, such as those of absolute motion, ether, electromagnetic field, and molecule. Reasonably enough, they wished to keep physics testable. To accomplish this goal they adopted the safe method, namely to banish every idea that could not be closely tied to observation. In this way they certainly avoided the risks of untestable speculation but they also failed to enjoy the benefits of theoretical invention. Furthermore they instituted unawares a new meta physics that was to dominate the philosophy of physics for half a century: the metaphysics according to which the world is made of sense experience
Method, model, and matter by Mario Bunge( Book )

20 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays deals with three clusters of problems in the philo sophy of science: scientific method, conceptual models, and ontological underpinnings. The disjointedness of topics is more apparent than real, since the whole book is concerned with the scientific knowledge of fact. Now, the aim of factual knowledge is the conceptual grasping of being, and this understanding is provided by theories of whatever there may be. If the theories are testable and specific, such as a theory of a particular chemical reaction, then they are often called 'theoretical models' and clas sed as scientific. If the theories are extremely general, like a theory of syn thesis and dissociation without any reference to a particular kind of stuff, then they may be called 'metaphysical' - as well as 'scientific' if they are consonant with science. Between these two extremes there is a whole gamut of kinds of factual theories. Thus the entire spectrum should be dominated by the scientific method, quite irrespective of the subject matter. This is the leitmotiv of the present book. The introductory chapter, on method in the philosophy of science, tackles the question 'Why don't scientists listen to their philosophers?'
Causality and modern science by Mario Bunge( Book )

26 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The causal problem has become topical once again. While we are no longer causalists or believers in the universal truth of the causal principle we continue to think of causes and effects, as well as of causal and noncausal relations among them. Instead of becoming indeterminists we have enlarged determinism to include noncausal categories. And we are still in the process of characterizing our basic concepts and principles concerning causes and effects with the help of exact tools. This is because we want to explain, not just describe, the ways of things. The causal principle is not the only means of understanding the world but it is one of them.The demand for a fourth edition of this distinguished book on the subject of causality is clear evidence that this principle continues to be an important and popular area of philosophic enquiry. Non-technical and clearly written, this book focuses on the ontological problem of causality, with specific emphasis on the place of the causal principle in modern science. Mario Bunge first defines the terminology employed and describes various formulations of the causal principle. He then examines the two primary critiques of causality, the empiricist and the romantic, as a prelude to the detailed explanation of the actual assertions of causal determinism.Bunge analyzes the function of the causal principle in science, touching on such subjects as scientific law, scientific explanation, and scientific prediction. In so doing, he offers an education to layman and specialist alike on the history of a concept and its opponents. Professor William A. Wallace, author of "Causality and Scientific Explanation" said of an earlier edition of this work: "I regard it as a truly seminal work in this field."
Foundations of biophilosophy by Martin Mahner( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past three decades, the philosophy of biology has emerged from the shadow of the philosophy of physics to become a respectable and thriving philosophical subdiscipline. In their book, the authors take a fresh look at the life sciences and their philosophy from a strictly realist and emergentist-naturalist perspective. They outline a unified and science-oriented philosophical framework that enables them to clarify many foundational and philosophical issues in biology. Thus, this book should be of interest to both life scientists and philosophers and is suitable as a textbook for courses at the advanced levels as well as for independent study
Social science under debate : a philosophical perspective by Mario Bunge( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mario Bunge contends that social science research has fallen prey to a postmodern fascination with irrationalism and relativism. He urges social scientists to re-examine the philosophy and the methodology at the base of their discipline. Bunge calls for objective and relevant fact-finding, rigorous theorizing, and empirical testing, as well as morally sensitive and socially responsible policy design
Chasing reality : strife over realism by Mario Bunge( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chasing Reality deals with the controversies over the reality of the external world. Philosopher Mario Bunge offers an extended defence of realism, a critique of various forms of contemporary antirealism, and a sketch of his own version of realism, namely hylorealism. Bunge examines the main varieties of antirealism - Berkeley's, Hume's, and Kant's; positivism, phenomenology, and constructivism - and argues that all of these in fact hinder scientific research."--Jacket
Emergence and convergence : qualitative novelty and the unity of knowledge by Mario Bunge( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "Two problems continually arise in the sciences and humanities, according to Mario Bunge: parts and wholes and the origins of novelty. In Emergence and Convergence, he addresses these problems, as well as those of systems and their emergent properties, as exemplified by the synthesis of molecules, the creation of ideas, and social invention. Along the way, Bunge examines other topical problems, such as the search for the mechanisms that underlie observable facts, the limitations of both individualism and holism, the abuses of Darwinism, the modularity of the brain versus the unity of the mind, the nature of partial truth, and the obstacles to improving medical diagnosis."--Jacket
Philosophy of science / From explanation to justification by Mario Bunge( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of science / From problem to theory by Mario Bunge( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Metascientific queriesUnderstanding the worldFinding philosophy in social scienceCausality and modern scienceFoundations of biophilosophySocial science under debate : a philosophical perspectiveChasing reality : strife over realismEmergence and convergence : qualitative novelty and the unity of knowledge