The return of radical empiricism

by Massimo Pigliucci “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” So wrote Immanuel Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason, one of the most influential philosophy books of all time. Kant is also the philosopher credited for finally overcoming the … Continue reading The return of radical empiricism

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Defending scientism: mathematics is a part of science

[Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Scientia Salon’s special “scientism week” and could profitably be read alongside other entries on the same topic on this site, such as this one by John Shook and this one by yours truly. My take on the issue is very different from that of the authors who contributed to … Continue reading Defending scientism: mathematics is a part of science

Scientism: ‘Yippee’ or ‘Boo-sucks’? — Part II

[Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Scientia Salon’s special “scientism week” and could profitably be read alongside other entries on the same topic on this site, such as this one by John Shook and this one by yours truly. My take on the issue is very different from that of the authors who contributed to … Continue reading Scientism: ‘Yippee’ or ‘Boo-sucks’? — Part II

Scientism: ‘Yippee’ or ‘Boo-sucks’? — Part I

[Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Scientia Salon’s special “scientism week” and could profitably be read alongside other entries on the same topic on this site, such as this one by John Shook and this one by yours truly. My take on the issue is very different from that of the authors who contributed to … Continue reading Scientism: ‘Yippee’ or ‘Boo-sucks’? — Part I

On the science and ethics of Ebola treatments

by Joanna Monti-Masel We have recently seen much ethical hand-wringing around use of the two new and experimental treatments for Ebola, ZMapp and TKM-Ebola. Unfortunately, people are worried about the wrong things. The first two patients to be treated were Americans. Prior to this came the old (and historically justified) fear of testing potentially dangerous … Continue reading On the science and ethics of Ebola treatments

Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic

by Massimo Pigliucci Graham Priest is a colleague of mine at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, a world renowned expert in logic, a Buddhist connoisseur, and an all-around nice guy [1]. So I always pay attention to what he says or writes. Recently he published a piece in Aeon magazine [2] entitled “Beyond … Continue reading Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic