Nelson Goodman


Nelson Goodman Quotes

  • ''The problem of induction is not a problem of demonstration but a problem of defining the difference between valid and invalid
    predictions.''
    Nelson Goodman (1906), U.S. philosopher, art dealer. Fact, Fiction, & Forecast, p. 77 (1955). Part of the author's general orientation that the business of philosophy is codification and not proof.
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  • ''You may decry some of these scruples and protest that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy. I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there are in heaven or earth.''
    Nelson Goodman (b. 1906), U.S. philosopher, art dealer. Fact, Fiction & Forecast, ch. 2, p. 39 (1955). Cf., of course, Shakespeare's Hamlet, I, v, 166 "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy," but also J.B.S. Haldane's Possible Worlds, "I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in any philosophy."

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