Friday, October 15, 2010

Leiter concedes, redoes poll

Brian Leiter has graciously accepted the arguments (http://www.newappsblog.com/2010/10/philosophy-of-science-in-20th-century-.html) that his original poll on the most significant philosopher of science was marred by oversight: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2010/10/most-significant-philosophers-of-science-of-the-20th-century-one-more-time.html

I am very pleased that Duhem, Michael Polanyi, Moritz Schlick, David Lewis, Frank Ramsey, and David Hull are now all included (but no Weber, Russell, and Weyl, alas!!!). I suspect only Lewis will make a big dent on the list, but I think it is important to avoid encouraging the already existingbias toward the recent past in such polls, which do help shape the discipline's self-perception

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