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Witches, Scientists, Philosophers : Essays and Lectures - Robert E. Butts

Witches, Scientists, Philosophers

Essays and Lectures

Hardcover Published: 31st October 2000
ISBN: 9780792366089
Number Of Pages: 206

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Robert E. Butts (1928-1997) was a philosopher and historian of science whose central concerns were the distinction between the rational and the irrational. He viewed scientific rationality as our major defence against the various conditions that encourage witch hunts and similar outbursts of irrationality, with all their attendant pain and terror. Butts saw himself as a pragmatic realist, combining what he took to be the best aspects of logical empiricism with a historically informed pragmatism, deeply appreciative of the methods of science, trying to describe a kind of rationality essential in the struggle to preserve human values.
This volume gathers previously unpublished essays and lectures with some previously published, thematically related essays. It includes essays and lectures on philosophical aspects of the European witch hunt, on scientific rationality and methodology, and on the relationships between science and philosophy exhibited in the writings of such historically significant figures as Leibniz, D'Alembert, Hume, Kant, Carnap and Kuhn.

Two Stories About Evil: Christianity and the Creation of Witchesp. 3
The Tamblyn Lectures: DE PRAESTIGIIS DAEMONUM: Early Modern Witchcraft: Some Philosophical Reflections
Leibniz' Monads: A Heritage of Gnosticism and a Source of Rational Sciencep. 37
Rationalism in Modern Science: d'Alembert and the "esprit simpliste"p. 51
Hume's Scepticismp. 63
Husserl's Critique of Hume's Notion of Distinctions of Reasonp. 71
The Role of Arational Factors in Interpretive History: The Case of Kant and ESPp. 79
Kant's Theory of Musical Sound: An Early Exercise in Cognitive Sciencep. 107
Kant's Dialectic and the Logic of Illusionp. 127
The Hypothetico-Deductive Model of Scientific Theories: A Sympathetic Disclaimerp. 139
Methodology and the Functional Identity of Science and Philosophyp. 159
Sciences and Pseudoscience: An Attempt at a New Form of Demarcationp. 173
The Reception of German Scientific Philosophy in North America: 1930-1962p. 193
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ISBN: 9780792366089
ISBN-10: 0792366085
Series: The Western Ontario Philosophy of Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 31st October 2000
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 17.98  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.48

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