Home | About | Contact Us | Publishers | Help | RSS
Showing 1 to 10 of 219 matching Articles
Results per page: 10
Post to Citeulike
What follows is a summary of my work in the general philosophy and methodology of science and technology, as well as in the philosophy of some of their various branches. There is also a glance at my work in value theory and ethics insofar as it relates to science and technology. Finally all these various pieces are shown to be components of a new philosophical system hoped to be in harmony with contemporary science and technology and moreover one capable of stimulating their advancement.
If H. G. Wells were alive today he might write as follows, though of course in better style. “As Charles Dickens might say, ours is the worst of times and also the best of times. It is the worst of times because humankind is quickly digging its own grave. It is the best of times because never before has humankind had so many powerful means to bring about a bright future. The lemmings jump off the cliff to their deaths because they have never heard of continental drift. But we know better, so we need not keep on marching blindly. We are still in time to turn away from the cliff. But the time is getting shorter by the day.”
A central claim of this book is that, whereas materialism is true albeit underdeveloped, dialectics is fuzzy and remote from science. So, if materialism is to develop along the lines of exactness and in harmony with science, it must keep clear from dialectics. Let me substantiate these charges against dialectics.
In the previous chapters it was claimed that one of the peculiarities of modern science since its birth five centuries ago is that it looks for systems—that is, complex objects with global or emergent properties. This attitude leads to analyzing wholes, as well as to placing them in their contexts.
Philosophers have argued untiringly, over centuries, about the ties of logic with ontology. While some have followed Parmenides in identifying the two, others — particularly since Abelard — have asserted the ontological neutrality of logic. There are materialists in both camps.
This chapter tackles a bimillennary problem in psychology, ethics, economics, and political philosophy: that of the relation between wealth and wellbeing. What are they, and should we live for pleasure, or rather seek to live a full and useful life?
AuthorMapper™ by Springer.