By Sir Karl Popper (auth.), Wolfgang Yourgrau, Allen D. Breck (eds.)
It is a trite and infrequently lamented proven fact that each educational self-discipline suffers from the illness of overspecialization and services. Who, in his scholarly adventure, has now not encountered technical gibberish and the jargon of the pundit? The participants to this paintings have aUempted to take away the artifi cial boundaries among those respective disciplines. the aim of this quantity is to discover the ubiquitous hyperlinks among good judgment, actual fact, and background. certainly there should not or 3 or 4 cuItures: there's just one tradition; our new release has misplaced its knowledge of this. even though severe, it isn't tragic. All we'd like is to unfastened ourselves from the fetters of mere "technicalese" and look for a entire interpretation of logical and actual theories. His'torians, logicians, physicists - all are banded in a single universal company, particularly of their wish to weave an enlightened textile of human wisdom. it's a present, and maybe weJcome, pattern in philosophie inquiry to de-psychologize platforms, tools, and theories. despite the fact that, there's an both stylish tendency to reduce or perhaps eschew the ancient facets of logical and actual theories, and analogously, there's a deep seated distrust between physicists and cosmologists opposed to the likely natural abstractions of logical formalisms.
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That is, if I want to speak about correspondence between a statement Sand a fact F, then I have to do so in a language in which I can speak about both, statements such as Sand facts such as F. This seems to be frightfully trivial; but it is nevertheless decisive. lt means that the language in which we speak in explaining correspondence must possess the means needed to refer to statements, and to describe facts. If I have a language which has both these means at its disposal, so that it can refer to statements and describe facts, then in this language - the metalanguage - I can speak about correspondence between statements and facts without any difficulty, as we shall see.
If I have a language which has both these means at its disposal, so that it can refer to statements and describe facts, then in this language - the metalanguage - I can speak about correspondence between statements and facts without any difficulty, as we shall see. A metalanguage is a language in which we talk about so me other language. For example, a grammar of the German language, written in English, uses English as a metalanguage in order to talk about German. The language about which we talk in the metalanguage (in this case English) is usually called the "object language" (in this case German).
In other words, the one with whom we are speaking must give his consent, and I believe that this consent is not merely a question of rational ability, of some method or convention: the 'other' mind has to be willing - perhaps psychologically - to accept certain rules, axioms, and norms. How else can we account for the fact that we argue with colleagues about the same topics for years and that they refuse to confirm the concIusion, even though they accepted the premisses? This is an unsatisfactory state-of-affairs which one encounters in mathematics, in logic, and in physics.