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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 627.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 09:24:18 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: new books

    Life Time. Max Scheler's Philosophy of time
    A First Inquiry and Presentation


    Manfred S. Frings

    -- 169

    In comparison to Husserl and Heidegger, Max Scheler's philosophy of time as
    first presented here, is considerably wider in scope. Using posthumous
    manuscripts, Frings shows that Scheler conceived the origin of time in the
    self-activating center of individual and universal life as threefold
    "absolute" time of a four-dimensional expanse. This serves as a basis for
    establishing the phenomenon of objective time in multiple steps of
    constitutionality, including the physical field theory and theory of
    For Scheler, objective time, even though anchored in absolute time,
    deserves "maximum attention" in a technological society. Frings focuses
    here with Scheler on time experience of values and among social groups,
    time experiences in the mind-set of capitalism, in politics and morals, in
    population dynamics, and time experiences in the process of aging, all of
    which were signposts in Scheler's thought before his early demise.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1333-7 Date: April 2003 Pages: 260 pp.
    EURO 106.00 / USD 98.00 / GBP 68.00

    Husserl's Logical Investigations

    edited by

    Daniel O. Dahlstrom
    Boston University, MA, USA


    By Husserl's own account, he composed the "Logical Investigations" over a
    century ago in order to solve two problems: the problem of providing a
    scientific, self-reflexive account of logical form and method, as a
    condition of science, and the problem of relating the subjectivity of
    knowing with the objectivity of the content of knowledge. The project took
    shape as six distinct investigations into the respective themes of meaning,
    universals, the logic of parts and wholes, the differences between
    absurdity and nonsense and between the contents of naming and judging, and,
    finally, the way knowing irreducibly combines meaning and perceiving.
    Husserl's "Logical Investigations" is designed to help students and
    specialists alike work their way through Husserl's expansive text by
    bringing together in a single volume six self-contained, expository yet
    critical essays, each the work of an international expert on Husserl's
    thought and each devoted to a separate LogicalInvestigation.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1325-6 Date: June 2003 Pages: 200 pp.
    EURO 85.00 / USD 82.00 / GBP 53.00

    Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychologism
    Critical and Historical Readings on the Psychological Turn in Philosophy

    edited by

    Dale Jacquette
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA


    Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychologism presents a remarkable diversity of
    contemporary opinions on the prospects of addressing philosophical topics
    from a psychological perspective. It considers the history and
    philosophical merits of psychologism, and looks systematically at
    psychologism in phenomenology, cognitive science, epistemology, logic,
    philosophy of language, philosophical semantics, and artificial
    intelligence. It juxtaposes many different philosophical standpoints, each
    supported by rigorous philosophical argument.
    Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychologism is intended for professionals in
    the fields indicated, advanced undergraduate and graduate students in
    related areas of study, and interested lay readers.

    Preface . Acknowledgments. Introduction: Psychologism The Philosophical
    Shibboleth; D. Jacquette. Psychologjsm In Logic: Bacon To Bolzano; R.
    George. Between Leibniz And Mill: Kant's Logic And The Rhetoric Of
    Psychologism; C. Posy. Psychologism And Non-Classical Approaches In
    Traditional Logic; W. Stelzner. The Concept Of 'Psychologism' In Frege And
    Husserl; J.N. Mohanty. Psychologism And Sociologism In Early Twentieth
    Century German-Speaking Philosophy; M.Kusch. The Space Of Signs: C.S.
    Peirce's Critique Of Psychologism; V.Colapietro. Quinean Dreams Or,
    Prospects For A Scientific Epistemology; M. Bradie. Late Forms Of
    Psychologism And Antipsychologism; J. Margolis. Propositions And The
    Objects Of Thought; M. Jubien. The Concepts Of Truth And Knowledge In
    Psychologism; J.H. Dreher. Psychologism Revisited In Logic, Metaphysics,
    And Epistemology; D. Jacquette. Why There Is Nothing Rather Than Something:
    Quine On Behaviorism, Meaning, And Indeterminacy; P.A. Roth. Cognitive
    Illusions And The Welcome Psychologism Of Logicist Artificial Intelligence;
    S. Bringsjord,Yingrui Yang. Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1337-X Date: June 2003 Pages: 356 pp.
    EURO 130.00 / USD 125.00 / GBP 82.00

    Simulation-Based Optimization
    Parametric Optimization Techniques and Reinforcement Learning


    Abhijit Gosavi
    University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, USA


    Simulation-Based Optimization: Parametric Optimization Techniques
    andReinforcement Learning introduces the evolving area of simulation-based
    optimization. Since it became possible to analyze random systems using
    computers, scientists and engineers have sought the means to optimize
    systems using simulation models. Only recently, however, has this objective
    had success in practice. Cutting-edge work in computational operations
    research, including non-linear programming (simultaneous perturbation),
    dynamic programming (reinforcement learning), and game theory (learning
    automata) has made it possible to use simulation in conjunction with
    optimization techniques. As a result, this research has given simulation
    added dimensions and power that it did not have in the recent past.
    The book's objective is two-fold: (1) It examines the mathematical
    governing principles of simulation-based optimization, thereby providing
    the reader with the ability to model relevant real-life problems using
    these techniques. (2) It outlines the computational technology underlying
    these methods. Taken together these two aspects demonstrate that the
    mathematical and computational methods discussed in this book do work.
    Broadly speaking, the book has two parts: (1) parametric (static)
    optimization and (2) control (dynamic) optimization. Some of the book's
    special features are:
         * An accessible introduction to reinforcement learning and
    parametric-optimization techniques.
         * A step-by-step description of several algorithms of simulation-based
         * A clear and simple introduction to the methodology of neural networks.
         * A gentle introduction to convergence analysis of some of the methods
    enumerated above.
         * Computer programs for many algorithms of simulation-based optimization.
    This book is written for students and researchers in the fields of
    engineering (electrical, industrial and computer), computer science,
    operations research, management science, and applied mathematics.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7454-9 Date: May 2003 Pages: 584 pp.
    EURO 164.00 / USD 160.00 / GBP 103.00

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science

    LNCS 1843:
    David Vernon (Ed.)
    Computer Vision - ECCV 2000
    6th European Conference on Computer Vision, Dublin, Ireland, June 26 - July
    1, 2000. Proceedings, Part II

    LNCS 1842:
    David Vernon (Ed.)
    Computer Vision - ECCV 2000
    6th European Conference on Computer Vision, Dublin, Ireland, June 26 - July
    1, 2000. Proceedings, Part I

    LNAI 1821:
    Rasiah Loganantharaj, Gnther Palm, and Moonis Ali (Eds.)
    Intelligent Problem Solving Methodologies and Approaches
    13th International Conference on Industrial and Engineering Applications of
    Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, IEA/AIE 2000, New Orleans,
    Louisiana, USA, June 19-22, 2000. Proceedings

    LNCS 1649:
    Ron Y. Pinter and Shalom Tsur (Eds.)
    Next Generation Information Technologies and Systems
    4th International Workshop, NGITS '99, Zikhron-Yaakov, Israel, July 5-7,
    1999. Proceedings

    LNCS 1639:
    Susanna Donatelli and Jetty Kleijn (Eds.)
    Applications and Theory of Petri Nets 1999
    20th International Conference, ICATPN'99, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, June
    21-25, 1999. Proceedings

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