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The Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of technology all started 2S years in the past as an interdisciplinary, interuniversity collaboration of acquaintances and associates in philosophy, good judgment, the usual sciences and the social sciences, psychology, non secular reviews, arts and literature, and sometimes the distinguished man-in-the­ road. Boston college got here to be the house base. inside many years, professional­ ceedings have been visible to be applicants for e-book, first prompt by means of Gerald Holton for the magazine Synthese in the Synthese Library, either from the D. Reidel Publishing corporation of Dordrecht, then and now in Boston and Lancaster too. Our colloquium was once heir of the Institute for the cohesion of technology, itself the yankee transplant of the Vienna Circle, and we have been again and again commemorated by way of encouragement and participation of the Institute's principal determine, Philipp Frank. The court cases have been chosen, edited, revised within the gentle of the discussions at our colloquia, after which different volumes have been extra that have been derived from different symposia, in Boston or somewhere else. A pleasant autonomy, in­ based of the Synthese Library right, existed for greater than a decade after which the Boston stories turned absolutely separate. We have been thankful to Jaakko Hintikka for his persisted encouragement inside of that Library. The sequence Boston reviews within the Philosophy of technological know-how used to be conceived within the broadest framework of interdisciplinary and overseas matters. ordinary scientists, mathematicians, social scientists and philosophers have contributed to the sequence, as have historians and sociologists of technological know-how, linguists, psychologists, physicians, and literary critics.

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There is no sense of 'simplicity' in which this design for language can be intelligibly described as 'most simple'. Nor is there any content to the claim that this design is somehow 'logical'. Furthermore, it would be quite impossible to argue that this structure is simply an accidental consequence of 'common descent'. Quite apart from questions of historical accuracy, it is enough to point out that this structure must be rediscovered by each child who learns the language. The problem is, precisely, to determine how the child determines that the structure of his language has the specific characteristics that empirical investigation of language leads us to postulate, given the meagre evidence available to him.

1 NOAM CHOMSKY RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF INNATE IDEAS Summary of Oral Presentation I think that it will be useful to separate two issues in the discussion of our present topic - one is the issue of historical interpretation, namely, what in fact was the content of the classical doctrine of innate ideas, let us say, in Descartes and Leibniz; the second is the substantive issue, namely, in the light of the information presently available, what can we say about the prerequisites for the acquisition of knowledge - what can we postulate regarding the psychologically a priori principles that determine the character of learning and the nature of what is acquired.

VI (Den Haag 1954), ed. W. Biemel, p. 154. , p. 9, 12. S Ibid. p. 49 f.

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