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The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Witches, Scientists, Philosophers: Essays and Lectures

Authors: Butts, Robert E.

Editors: Solomon, Graham (Ed.)

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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This volume gathers previously unpublished essays and lectures with some previously published, thematically related essays.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.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Witches, Scientists, Philosophers: Essays and Lectures
Authors
Editors
  • Graham Solomon
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
65
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9504-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9504-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6608-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5577-4
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 206
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