Gerald J. Massey is Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1988 to 1997 he was director of the University of Pittsburgh’s renowned Center for Philosophy of Science. For the past several years he has been investigating the philosophical implications of the sciences of animals in an effort to create a new field that he calls philosophical ethology. In 1997, German President Roman Herzog conferred on him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) for his contributions to German-American Philosophy.
The inaugural volume of the series, devoted to the work of philosopher Adolf Grunbaum, encompasses the philosophical problems of space, time, and cosmology, the nature of scientific methodology, and the foundations of psychoanalysis.
To most laypersons and scientists, science and progress appear to go hand in hand, yet philosophers and historians of science have long questioned the inevitability of this pairing. As we take leave of a century acclaimed for scientific advances and progress, Science at Century’s End, the eighth volume of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Series in the Philosophy and History of Science, takes the reader to the heart of this important matter. Subtitled Philosophical Questions on the Progress and Limits of Science, this timely volume contains twenty penetrating essays by prominent philosophers and historians who explore and debate the limits of scientific inquiry and their presumed consequences for science in the 21st century.