Problems of Science

Problems of Science

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Problems of Science

Problems of Science

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The various causes which have so long delayed the publication of the present translation of the Problems of Science, may prove to be rather aids than hindrances to the just appreciation of this very remarkable synthetic view of scientific methodology. For, as a result of these accidents, the book of Professor Enriques is offered to American readers at a time when we are better fitted than we have been during the last few years to appreciate the significance of the author's large, clear, and calm view of a wide range of perplexing modern problems.

The first edition of the Italian text of the Problemi della Scienza of Professor Enriques appeared in 1906, and had already become known to a wide circle of European students, belonging to various nationalities, at the time of the International Congress of Philosophy at Heidelberg, in the late summer of 1908. At this congress I myself met the author, and undertook to do what I could towards finding an American publisher for a translation of this book. Not long after the congress, Dr. Carus, on behalf of the Open Court Publishing Company, agreed to undertake the publication of the translation. The translator completed the first draft of the manuscript by June 1909. A certain amount of revision of some of the more technical portions of the translated text remained as that part of the work which I had myself, from the outset, agreed to undertake. Moderate in quantity as this task of revision has indeed proved, it came into conflict with a great number of academic and personal duties of my own,--duties which resulted from my previous engagements, and which could not at once be laid aside for the purpose of finishing my own little part of the task. Various new hindrances later intervened. In consequence of my own delay, the revised manuscript of this translation was first put in the publishers' charge as late as June 1912; and this American edition of the work of Enriques has since been in press. The delay has given oppor-

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