Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Rescuing Reason

A Critique of Anti-Rationalist Views of Science and Knowledge

Authors: Nola, Robert

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Do knowledge and science arise from the application of canons of rationality and scientific method? Or is all our scientific knowledge caused by socio-political factors, or by our interests in the socio-political - the view of sociologists of "knowledge"? Or does it result from interplay of relations of power - the view of Michel Foucault? Or does our knowledge arise from "the will to power" - the view of Nietzsche? This volume sets out to critically examine the theses of those who would debunk the idea of rational explanation.

The book is wide-ranging. The theories of method of Quine, Kuhn, Feyerabend (amongst others) are discussed and related to the views of Marx, Foucault, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche as well as sociologists of science such as Mannheim and Bloor. The author provides a wide interpretative framework which links the doctrines espoused by many of these authors; it is argued that they inherit many of the difficulties in the Strong Programme in the sociology of "knowledge", and that they fail to reconcile the normativity of knowledge with their naturalism. It is argued that neither relativists, sceptics, nihilists, sociologists of "knowledge" nor the postmodernists successfully debunk the claims of rational explanation, far from it: these theorists presuppose much of the theory of methodology they deny.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rescuing Reason
Book Subtitle
A Critique of Anti-Rationalist Views of Science and Knowledge
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
230
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0289-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0289-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1042-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1043-9
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 559
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