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Scientific Irrationalism : Origins of a Postmodern Cult - Keith Windschuttle

Scientific Irrationalism

Origins of a Postmodern Cult

Paperback Published: 30th October 2006
ISBN: 9781412806466
Number Of Pages: 218

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Little known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of his era. A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Darwinian theories of human behavior, and philosophical idealism.

Since its inception in the 1940s, the field of science studies, originally intended to bridge the gap between science and the humanities, has been the center of controversy and debate. The most notable figures in this debate are Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper. In Scientific Irrationalism, now available in paperback, David Stove demonstrates how extravagant has been the verbiage wasted on this issue and how irrational the combatants have been. He shows that Kuhn and Popper share considerable common ground. Stove argues that the problems all reside in the reasoning of the critics. He identifies the logical mistakes and conceptual allusions made by Kuhn and Popper and their supporters, as well as their collective dependency on a single argument made by the philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume. He then demonstrates how little potency that argument actually has for the claims of science.

In his foreword, Keith Windschuttle explains the debate surrounding the field of science studies and explores David Stove's contribution as well as his lack of recognition. In an afterword, James Franklin discusses reactions to Stove's work.

David Stove (1927-1994) taught philosophy at the University of New South Wales and, University of Sydney. His books include Against the Idols of the Age, The Plato Cult and Other Intellectual Follies, and two posthumously published volumes, Darwinian Fairytales, and Cricket versus Republicanism.

Keith Windschuttle is an Australian writer, historian, and publisher.

James Franklin is an associate professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales, and Stove's literary executor.

-With a combination of dazzling philosophical acumen and scarifying wit, Stove does for irrationalism in the philosophy of science what the Romans did for Carthage in the Third Punic War. He assaults and destroys it utterly. It has been a long time since I have read a book of philosophy as entertaining and illuminating.-

--Roger Kimball, New Criterion

-[T]his book certainly broaches current topics in the philosophy of science with provocative arguments.-

--Choice "With a combination of dazzling philosophical acumen and scarifying wit, Stove does for irrationalism in the philosophy of science what the Romans did for Carthage in the Third Punic War. He assaults and destroys it utterly. It has been a long time since I have read a book of philosophy as entertaining and illuminating."

--Roger Kimball, New Criterion

"[T]his book certainly broaches current topics in the philosophy of science with provocative arguments."

--Choice "With a combination of dazzling philosophical acumen and scarifying wit, Stove does for irrationalism in the philosophy of science what the Romans did for Carthage in the Third Punic War. He assaults and destroys it utterly. It has been a long time since I have read a book of philosophy as entertaining and illuminating."

--Roger Kimball, "New Criterion"

"[T]his book certainly broaches current topics in the philosophy of science with provocative arguments."

--"Choice" "With a combination of dazzling philosophical acumen and scarifying wit, Stove does for irrationalism in the philosophy of science what the Romans did for Carthage in the Third Punic War. He assaults and destroys it utterly. It has been a long time since I have read a book of philosophy as entertaining and illuminating." --Roger Kimball, "New Criterion"

"[T]his book certainly broaches current topics in the philosophy of science with provocative arguments." --"Choice"

Forewordp. 1
Philosophy and the English language: How irrationalism about science is made credible
Neutralising success wordsp. 21
Sabotaging logical expressionsp. 51
How irrationalism about science began
The historical source locatedp. 91
The key premise of irrationalism identifiedp. 111
Further evidence for this identificationp. 161
Afterwordp. 195
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781412806466
ISBN-10: 1412806461
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 30th October 2006
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Type: New edition