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Nature volume 142, page 665 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE epistemological doctrines of Meyerson have gained a permanent place in contemporary philosophy. The influence of this eminent thinker radiates beyond the wide circle of his disciples, and explains the importance of authoritative expositions of his doctrines, such as the one written by Prof. Kelly. The dramatic conflict between the way followed by explanation and the way followed by reality is the source of Meyerson's system. If he began by stressing these differences, however, Meyerson was led, later, to submit that some kind of convergence and identity of structure is necessary in order that the intent of knowledge may be achieved. Prof. Kelly follows closely the development of these doctrines, and while taking a sympathetic view of them, he does not fail to point out their outstanding deficiencies. This work can serve as an introduction not only to the philosophy of Meyerson, but also to the central problems to scientific thought.

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