Volume 57, 1999
Evert Willem Beth's Scientific Philosophy
Though E. W. Beth is famous for his contributions to logic aspects of his philosophical reflections and details of its development are almost unknown. In his work four periods can be distinguished: the neo-kantian, the anti-kantian, the anti-irrationalist and the logical one. Within this framework it is possible to individuate a core around which Beth developed his reflections: it is the interplay between philosophy and the sciences. His philosophy was always linked to the sciences in two ways: He steadily checked his philosophical ideas against the current situation in foundational research and he occupied himself with the general question of the relationship between philosophy and the sciences.