The Structure of Appearance
Goodman (Nelson)
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  1. In this second and revised edition of Nelson Goodman's great contribution to analytic philosophy, originally published in 1951, the contemporary reader can grapple with ideas and problems that have aroused the interest not only of philosophers but of scientists and technologists in many fields who encounter related problems in their own work.
  2. Applying the method and the model of modern logic to problems in philosophy, it carries forward the explorations in the geography of experience conducted by the British empiricists and discloses new and important problems glossed over by traditional philosophical formulas.
  3. This work is novel in its combination of attention to precise logical detail and concern for rigorous systematic cohesion. No other book ever considered in such detail both the general theory of the systematic logical description of experience and the actual construction of specific systems. Some half dozen calculi are outlined in detail and applied throughout the book. The treatment, in the first chapter, of the criteria for explicatory definition undercuts many of the perennial disputes regarding standard philosophical points of view and is gaining increasing recognition. The analysis, in the last chapter, of tense and the language of time, has been the source of innumerable discussions in recent years. In the chapters between are novel and yet by now classic studies of such matters as the measurement of simplicity, the relation between the abstract and the concrete, and the inter-relation and ordering of qualities.
  4. The integrity and depth of thought revealed in this work have inspired one critic (Gustav Bergmann, Journal of Philosophy) to say "... I greatly admire the accuracy with which [Goodman] has thought about some matters so subtle and so fundamental that in thinking about them accuracy and profundity are one thing and not two."
  5. Despite this profundity of subject matter, the author's "enviable gift for succinct and pithy statement" (Carl Hempel, The Philosophical Review) and his careful and lucid presentation of ideas leads the reader on into the book and leaves him with the consciousness of a stimulating intellectual experience.
  6. "The Structure of Appearance remains the most brilliant and successful attempt ever made to describe experience in a systematic language. . . "
    → Hughes Leblanc, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


Bobbs-Merrill, 2nd Edition, 1966

"Dummett (Michael) - The Structure of Appearance"

Source: Dummett - Truth and Other Enigmas


"Goodman (Nelson) - The Structure of Appearance"

Source: Goodman - The Structure of Appearance

"Lewis (David) & Hodges (Wilfrid) - Finitude and Infinitude in the Atomic Calculus of Individuals"

Source: Lewis - Papers in Philosophical Logic

Philosophers Index Abstract
    Nelson goodman has raised the question whether there is any sentence in the language of his calculus of individuals which is true in every finite intended model, no matter how large, but false in every infinite atomic intended model. We prove that there is no such sentence. This negative answer is obtained as a corollary to a normal form theorem for the language in question.

COMMENT: Goodman's "Goodman (Nelson) - The Structure of Appearance".

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