At the age of 30 I took up philosophy of science again, now in Gothenburg, where we had to read a lot of more or less idiosyncratic texts (which I’ve all but forgotten) by Håkan Törnebohm. The best item on the reading list — and the only philosophy of science book that has been firmly imprinted in my memory ever after — was Mario Bunge’s two-volume Scientific Research (1967). It cost a fortune (on Springer!) but it changed my understanding of scientific terms, concepts and kinds for ever.
What I didn’t know then was that this impressive 900+ page work was written by a man in his forties! I’ve just learned that Mario Bunge celebrated his 96th birthday last week, “in sparkling good health and fine mental form”.
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