Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Evaluating Philosophies

Authors: Bunge, Mario

  •   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.   ​
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    The first part deals with philosophies that have had a significant input, positive or negative, on the search for truth; it suggests that scientific and technological are either stimulated or smothered by a philosophical matrix; and it outlines two ontological doctrines believed to have nurtured research in modern times: systemism (not to be mistaken for holism) and materialism (as an extension of physicalism).   The second part discusses a few practical problems that are being actively discussed in the literature, from climatology and information science to economics and legal philosophy. This discussion is informed by the general principles analyzed in the first part of the book. Some of the conclusions are that standard economic theory is just as inadequate as Marxism; that law and order are weak without justice; and that the central equation of normative climatology is a tautology–which of course does not put climate change in doubt.   The third and final part of the book tackles a set of key concepts, such as those of indicator, energy, and existence, that have been either taken for granted or neglected. For instance, it is argued that there is at least one existence predicate, and that it is unrelated to the so-called existential quantifier; that high level hypotheses cannot be put to the test unless conjoined with indicator hypotheses; and that induction cannot produce high level hypotheses because empirical data do not contain any transempirical concepts. Realism, materialism, and systemism are thus refined and vindicated.   ​

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evaluating Philosophies
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
295
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4408-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4408-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4407-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8087-2
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 202
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