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Assurance and Agnosticism

  • Joseph Agassi
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 28)

Abstract

The scientific ethos of the modern Western world contains two conflicting moods, of utter lack of assurance and of utter assurance. The question posed here is how do the two go together? The answer I offer is, all assurance is contingent on the supposition that our system as a whole still survives, but there is no assurance for the survival of the system as a whole.

Keywords

Empirical Fact Inductive Mood Scientific Assurance Reidel Publishing Company Scientific Ethos 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1975

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  • Joseph Agassi

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