Rationality and the Generalization of Scientific Style
How can we relate the mentalities of other historical traditions to the mentality of Western science? Some cultures seem opaque to the presuppositions of scientific argument. The languages of traditional magic and ritual for example and of Western science, lacking fundamental common premises, are mutually untranslatable. Their interpretations of the connections of events cannot be compared or confirmed or falsified in mutually acceptable terms or categories because these do not exist. Closed to each other, any choice must be a total rejection by each side.2
KeywordsScientific Theory Social Goal Symbolic System Western Science Historical Tradition
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