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Proposes and illustrates a simple criterion for evaluating any philosophical doctrine: Does it help advance knowledge?
Clearly written, and avoids the use of obscure technical terms
Argues for an emergentist and non-reductionist view of materialism, as well as for a non-posivist version of scientism, and a systemic alternative to both individualism and holism.
Philosophies, whether genuine or spurious, are not usually adopted because of their conceptual, empirical, or moral merits, but because of tradition, political interests, or even temperament–none of which is a good reason. The present book argues for a precise criterion: A philosophy is worth what it helps learn, act, conserve our common heritage, and get along with fellow humans.
A. How to Nuture of Hinder Research.-
1 Philosophies and phobosophies.-
2 The philosophical matrix of scientific progress.-
3 Systemics and materalism.-
B. Philosophy in Action.-
5 Climate and logic.-
6 Information Science: one or many?.-
7 Wealth and wellbeing.-
8 Can standard economic theory explain crises?.-
9 Marxism: Promise and reality.-
10 Rules of law: Just and unjust.-
C Philosophical Gaps.-
11 Are subjective probabilities admissible? .-
12 Can induction deliver high-level hypotheses? .-
13 Bridging theory to data.-
14 Energy: physics or metaphysics? .-
15 Does quantum physics refute realism? .-
16 Parallel universes? ¿Digital physics? .-
17 Can functionalist psychology explain?.-
18 Knowledge pyramids and rosettes.-
19 Existence: one or two?.-
20 Conclusion: Evaluation Criterion.-