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Critical Rationalism, Metaphysics and Science : Essays for Joseph Agassi Volume I - I. C. Jarvie

Critical Rationalism, Metaphysics and Science

Essays for Joseph Agassi Volume I

By: I. C. Jarvie (Editor), Nathaniel Laor (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1994
ISBN: 9780792329602
Number Of Pages: 266

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I suppose Joseph Agassi's best and dearest self-description, his cherĀ­ ished wish, is to practice what his 1988 book promises: The Gentle Art of Philosophical Polemics. But for me, and for so many who know him, our Agassi is tough-minded, not tender, not so gentle. True to his beloved critical thinking, he is ever the falsificationist, testing himself of course as much as everyone else. How, he asks himself, can he engage others in their own self-critical exploration? Irritate? Question their logic, their facts, their presuppositions, their rationales? Subvert their reasoning, uncover their motives? Help them to lose their balance, but always help them, make them do it to, and for, themselves. Out of their own mouths, and minds, and imagination. A unique teacher, in classroom and out; not for everyone. Agassi is not quite a tight textual Talmudist disputant, not quite the competitor in the marketplace of ideas offered for persuasive sale, not quite the clever cross-examining lawyer advocate, not quite a philosopher-scientist, not a sceptic more than necessary, not quite embatĀ­ tled in the bloody world but not ever above the battle either . . . but a good deal of all of these, and steeped in intelligence and good will.

Frontispiece; Portrait of Joseph Agassi
Introduction (II)
The Social Sciences and Humanities
Prometheus Perplexed
Philosophical Method, Modified Essentialism and the Open Society
Reason and Myth in Politics
The First World War and 1991
Pedagogy as Psychology: a View from Within
All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Style vs
Substance in Economic Methodology
Preliminary Report on Efforts of Psychologism to gain Influences in Proper Epistemological, Methodological and Psychological Societies
Epistemological and Methodological Concerns of Feminist Social Scientists
Ecclesiastes (Qohelet) in Context -- a Study of Wisdom as Constructive Scepticism
Commitment and Paradox
The Place of the Sciences and of the Fine Arts in the Intellectual Scheme of Things
Two Commandments for the Humanities
Bibiliography of Joseph Agassi to 1993
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ISBN: 9780792329602
ISBN-10: 0792329600
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 31st December 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57