The Importance of Spinoza for the Modern Philosophy of Science - Brenner-Golomb, Nancy
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The question raised in this book is why Spinoza’s work which comes so close to the modern view of natural science is not prominent in the social sciences. The answer suggested is that this is due to the lingering influence of the Cartesian differentiation between the domain of science, dealing with material bodies in space and time, and the realm of thought to which the mind belongs. Spinoza’s rejection of this mind/body dualism was based on his conviction that the human mind was an essential part of the ‘forces’ which maintain human existence. Since this view fits so well the evolutionary…mehr

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The question raised in this book is why Spinoza’s work which comes so close to the modern view of natural science is not prominent in the social sciences. The answer suggested is that this is due to the lingering influence of the Cartesian differentiation between the domain of science, dealing with material bodies in space and time, and the realm of thought to which the mind belongs. Spinoza’s rejection of this mind/body dualism was based on his conviction that the human mind was an essential part of the ‘forces’ which maintain human existence. Since this view fits so well the evolutionary view of life, the book suggests that after Darwin, when this dualism became untenable, it was replaced by a nature versus culture dichotomy. The book examines whether the history of the philosophy of science supports this explanation. The author believes that answering this question is important because of the rising influence of cultural relativism which endangers the very survival of modern science and political stability.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: De Gruyter; Editiones Scholasticae
  • Seitenzahl: 425
  • Erscheinungstermin: 13. Januar 2010
  • Deutsch, Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 154mm x 35mm
  • Gewicht: 715g
  • ISBN-13: 9783110319194
  • ISBN-10: 3110319195
  • Artikelnr.: 38079241
Autorenporträt
Nancy Brenner-Golomb was awarded a BA in history by the Hebrew University Jerusalem, a BA in Mathematics by the University of London, and the title Doctorandus in Philosophy by Utrecht University. She also received a professional qualification in Statitics from the London Institute of statisticians, and taught statistics at Cape Coast University in Ghana and at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Mrs. Nancy Brenner-Golomb is living in the Netherlands.