Saturday, January 07, 2017

Empiricism Without Foundations

"The second characteristic trait of the modern way of studying nature is the absence of a foundation. Though there is a lot of talk about the new and fertile foundation that Descartes, Galileo, and Newton introduced and used in their research, such a foundation cannot be found in practice... Unlike Aristotelian philosophy, which requires, identifies, and uses a foundation in actual research, we now have a fundamentalist epistemology and entirely separate practice of research in philosophy of nature and science. This antagonist and the related irrationality of modern science is hidden by a slanted method of representation, which depicts even the most revolutionary discovery as resting on a solid foundation."

-- Paul Feyerabend, Philosophy of Nature, pp. 173-174

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