CARL G. HEMPEL - 3 BOOKS / 2 SIGNED - Noted Logician, Scientist & Philosopher
CARL G. HEMPEL - THREE BOOKS / 2 SIGNED
(1) ASPECTS OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION: And Other Essays in the Philosophy of Science, by Carl G. Hempel. SIGNED & INSCRIBED by HEMPEL. Published by The Free Press, New York, 1965. First edition, with the 1965 date on the copyright page with no indication of additional printings. Hardcover book, burgundy cloth covered boards, silver printing on the spine, top page edges stained black, 6x9.5 inches, 505 pages. GOOD condition, the covers have a bit of wear to the spine ends and corner tips, the page edges (page edges of the closed book) have some light stains and soiling, internally there are some relevant margin notes in pencil here and there, otherwise the book is tight, bright, clean and clear. The SIGNATURE and INSCRIPTION are on the title page. The inscription reads; "To John Asherhurst / with best wishes and thanks for his help in proofreading! / Carl G. Hempel / 10-16-65". The hardcover first edition of this book is scarce (the later 1970 paperback is rather common). The first edition is almost impossible to find signed and inscribed.
(2) SCIENCE AND SUBJECTIVITY, by ISRAEL SCHEFFLER, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. This is CARL G. HEMPEL'S COPY which he SIGNED and DATED on the first blank page: "C. G. Hempel / 10-3-67". There are also some relevant notes on the first page, possibly in Hempel's hand. Published by the Bobbs Merrill Company, 1967. First Printing, so stated on the copyright page. Softcovers, 5.5x8 inches, 132 pages. GOOD condition, some scraping and soiling to the covers, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear.
(3) DER TYPUSBEGRIFF IM LICHTE DER NEUEN LOGIK, von Carl G. Hempel und Paul Oppenheim. (THE CONCEPT of TYPOLOGY in LIGHT of the NEW LOGIC, by Carl G. Hempel and Paul Oppenheim.) Published by A.W. Suthoff's, Leiden, Netherlands, 1936. First edition. Paper wrappers, 6x9 inches, 130 pages. Text in German. GOOD MINUS condition, soiling to the covers, front spine fold is tender but holding, some margin marks and underlining here and there throughout, stamp of "University of Pennsylvania Libraries" (where Hempel was a Professor starting in 1977) at the bottom of a blank prelim page, the stamp has been lined out in black and there are no other ex-library marks in or on the book, otherwise a respectable, complete copy of this early book by Carl G. Hempel and Paul Oppenheim, with an ex-lib association to the University of Pittsburgh where Hempel was a Professor.
About CARL G. HEMPEL (from Wikipedia):
******Carl Gustav "Peter" Hempel, b.1905 d.1997, was a German writer, philosopher, logician, and epistemologist. He was a major figure in logical empiricism, a 20th century movement in the philosophy of science. He is especially well known for his articulation of the deductive-nomological model of scientific explanation, which was considered the standard model of scientific explanation during the 1950s and 1960s. He is also known for the Raven Paradox, aka "Hempel's Paradox".
After moving to Berlin, Hempel met Rudolf Carnap and became involved in the Berlin Circle of philosophers associated with the Vienna Circle.
In 1937 Hempel emigrated to the United States, where he accepted a position as Carnap's assistant at the University of Chicago. He later held positions at the City College of New York, Yale University, and Princeton University, where he taught alongside Thomas Kuhn and remained until made emeritus in 1973. In 1977 he became the University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1989 the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University renamed its Three Lecture Series the "Carl G. Hempel Lectures" in his honor. He was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society for which he served as President.******