Witches, Scientists, Philosophers: Essays and Lectures

  • Graham Solomon

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 65)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Witches and Witch-Hunters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Graham Solomon
      Pages 11-34
  3. Philosophy and Science From Leibniz to Kant

  4. Twentieth Century Philosophy of Science

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-206

About this book

Introduction

Robert E. Butts (1928-1997) was a philosopher and historian of science whose central concerns were the distinction between the rational and the irrational. He viewed scientific rationality as our major defence against the various conditions that encourage witch hunts and similar outbursts of irrationality, with all their attendant pain and terror. Butts saw himself as a pragmatic realist, combining what he took to be the best aspects of logical empiricism with a historically informed pragmatism, deeply appreciative of the methods of science, trying to describe a kind of rationality essential in the struggle to preserve human values.
This volume gathers previously unpublished essays and lectures with some previously published, thematically related essays. It includes essays and lectures on philosophical aspects of the European witch hunt, on scientific rationality and methodology, and on the relationships between science and philosophy exhibited in the writings of such historically significant figures as Leibniz, D'Alembert, Hume, Kant, Carnap and Kuhn.

Keywords

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Kant Rudolf Carnap cognitive science historian of science logic science

Editors and affiliations

  • Graham Solomon
    • 1
  1. 1.Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9504-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5577-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9504-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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