By Yves R. Simon
For Yves R. Simon, philosophy has an affinity to technology, no longer within the feel that philosophy is a trifling metascience, a statement at the sciences, yet quite since it stocks a similar goal as technological know-how: the quest for rationalization. The philosophy Simon espouses is philosophical realism which, following Jacques Maritain, he prefers to name serious realism. opposed to the bias that just some model of philosophical idealism, be it serious or absolute, is able to figuring out optimistic technological know-how. Simon, in Foresight and information, develops a philosophy of technology shape a practical point of view. Philosophy of technological know-how or the critique of technology, because it used to be recognized in France, is in response to Simon, metahphysics within the workout of its severe functionality. Simon selects because the crucial concentration of the treatise the matter of determinism, causality, and likelihood. Simon exhibits that the idea that determinismmust be understood in numerous conceptual platforms, corresponding to a philosophy of nature and physics; within the latter, determinism is conceived as feasible of yes and specific prediction.
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At this time of the day, drivers believe that they are alone on the road. I anticipate the collision, first as threatening, then as inescapable. A small fraction of a Page 8 second before the accident, my prediction is extremely well established. Plainly, no one would say that these incautious drivers are victims of chance; rather, they are said to be the victims of their own carelessnesss because they knew, or should have known, what risk they were running as they approached an intersection without slowing down and watching.
The criticism of Meyerson is mentioned by most commentators on Bachelard. For instance, Jean-Claude Margolin, Bachelard (Paris: Seuil, 1974), p. 66, says Meyerson was the anti-model for Bachelard. 21. Yves R. S. 8, No. 4 (July-August 1937), 355. 22. "With due allowance for the voluminous parts played by interpretations and constructions, the analysis of scientific facts brings forth a core of existential decisiveness by reason of which the fact can be called the experimental absolute. " In Philosophy of Knowledge: Selected Readings, ed.
1989), p. 94. 32. (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1965). 33. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984). Page xxi Acknowledgments Originally published in Montreal in 1944, Prévoir et savoir (Foresight and Knowledge) is Yves R. Simon's most important contribution to the philosophy of science. The author made a translation of chapter 1, and portions of his translation along with a translation of chapter 4 by Gerard J. Dalcourt were included in Yves R. : Magi, 1970). As translators and editors we have been responsible for the Foreword and the remaining chapters (two, three, five, and six) as well as most of the notes in chapters 1 and 4.
Foresight and Knowledge by Yves R. Simon