Scientific Irrationalism: Origins of a Postmodern Cult

Scientific Irrationalism: Origins of a Postmodern Cult

David Stove / Feb 29, 2020
Scientific Irrationalism Origins of a Postmodern Cult Little known outside his native Australia David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of his era A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies S
  • Title: Scientific Irrationalism: Origins of a Postmodern Cult
  • Author: David Stove
  • ISBN: 9780765800633
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Little known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of his era A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Darwinian theories of human behavior, and philosophical idealism.Since its inception in the 1940s, the field of scieLittle known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of his era A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Darwinian theories of human behavior, and philosophical idealism.Since its inception in the 1940s, the field of science studies, originally intended to bridge the gap between science and the humanities, has been the center of controversy and debate The most notable figures in this debate are Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper In Scientific Irrationalism, now available in paperback, David Stove demonstrates how extravagant has been the verbiage wasted on this issue and how irrational the combatants have been He shows that Kuhn and Popper share considerable common ground Stove argues that the problems all reside in the reasoning of the critics He identifies the logical mistakes and conceptual allusions made by Kuhn and Popper and their supporters, as well as their collective dependency on a single argument made by the philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume He then demonstrates how little potency that argument actually has for the claims of science.In his foreword, Keith Windschuttle explains the debate surrounding the field of science studies and explores David Stove s contribution as well as his lack of recognition In an afterword, James Franklin discusses reactions to Stove s work.
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      • David Stove

        David Charles Stove was Australian philosopher and a widely published polemical journalist His work in philosophy of science included criticisms of David Hume s inductive skepticism, as well as what he regarded as the irrationalism of Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Imre Lakatos, and Paul Feyerabend Stove was also a critic of Idealism and sociobiology, describing the latter as a new religion in which genes play the role of gods.

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    1. A postmodern s nightmareStove dismantles liberal anti West postmodernists crowding our university humanities with unrelenting sense, humor and insult Berkley s Feyerabend, MIT s Kuhn, U of London s Popper and Lakatos take a whipping so stinging, their institutions of higher learning should be smoldering and ashamed for the length of their existence Chapter 1 reveals their overused technique of quoting success words like knowledge, truth, proof, implying the opposite of what these words mean just [...]


    2. David Stove s book is irreverent which may not be a bad thing, but irreverence does not in itself lead us closer to the truth I have long had an aversion to linguistic analysis when its goal seems to be to produce an increase in skepticism rather than a decrease in error Even the original chapter titles, Neutralising success words , Sabotaging logical expressions belong to a popular book on straight and crooked thinking than a serious effort to analyse the substance of the arguments of Popper,a [...]


    3. All right, Stove is clever and witty I don t often guffaw aloud while reading dense, symbolic logic infused analytic philosophical prose Ultimately as a sociology grad student with a philosophy BA, interested in education, epistemology, science, and religion who is also a fan of Hume and might have been bewitched by Popper as well if not for works like this, I appreciate Stove s insight into both the logical underpinnings of science particularly relevant as inductive probabilism seems in the soc [...]


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