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Evaluating Philosophies


  • Proposes and illustrates a simple criterion for evaluating any philosophical doctrine: Does it help advance knowledge?

  • Clearly written, and avoids the use of obscure technical terms

  • Argues for an emergentist and non-reductionist view of materialism, as well as for a non-posivist version of scientism, and a systemic alternative to both individualism and holism. ?


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 295)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. How to Nurture or Hinder Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 3-13
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 35-47
  3. Philosophy in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 51-56
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 57-59
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 61-64
    5. Mario Bunge
      Pages 83-93
    6. Mario Bunge
      Pages 95-102
  4. Philosophical Gaps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 115-118
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 119-130
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 151-157

About this book


Philosophies, whether genuine or spurious, are not usually adopted because of their conceptual, empirical, or moral merits, but because of tradition, political interests, or even temperament–none of which is a good reason. The present book argues for a precise criterion: A philosophy is worth what it helps learn, act, conserve our common heritage, and get along with fellow humans.


Dialectics Materialism Realism Scientism Systemism dealism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Dept. of PhilosophyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Evaluating Philosophies
  • Authors Mario Bunge
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-4407-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8087-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-4408-0
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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