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From physics to politics : the metaphysical foundations of modern philosophy

Author: Robert C Trundle; Peter A Redpath
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mass ideology is unique to modern society and rooted in early modern philosophy. Traditionally, knowledge had been viewed as resting on metaphysics. Rejecting metaphysical truth evoked questions about the source of "truth." For nineteenth-century ideologists, "truth" comes either from dominating classes in a progressively determined history or from a post-Copernican freedom of the superior man to create it. In From
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Trundle; Peter A Redpath
ISBN: 1560004118 9781560004110
OCLC Number: 40521297
Description: xiv, 190 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Enlightenment's Paradigm Physics --
From Metaphysics to Physics --
Physics: Paradigm for Philosophy --
Philosophy and Anti-Metaphysics --
Metaphysical Dilemmas --
Dilemmas of Politicization --
Physics and a Metaphysical Rationalism --
Second Thoughts on the Enlightenment? --
Doubt and Science --
The Senses --
Dreaming --
Evil and Rationality --
Science and Certainty --
Idea of the Self --
Idea of a Perfect God --
Idea of an External World --
Empirico-Theoretical Challenges --
An Empiricist Metaphysics of Skepticism --
First-Level Skepticism: Sense Impressions vs. External Reality --
Scientific Truth: Correspondence to Sensations? --
Sensations and 'Phenomena Themselves' --
Second-Level Skepticism: Cause and Effect --
Causality as a Principle of Association --
Causality With One Hand; Taking it Back --
An Anomalous Logic of Causality --
Third-Level Skepticism: Problem of Induction --
Induction and Uniformity of Nature --
Nature of 'Inductive Deductions' --
From Self-Refuting Inductions to Skepticism --
Skeptical Shift: From an Ideal of Physics to Politics --
The Shift in Response to a Problem --
Enlightenment and Reformation --
Turning to a Scientific Paradigm --
Practical and Theoretical Consequences --
Practical Import: 'Critical Thinking' a Euphemism --
Theoretical Import: Rational and Irrational Interpretations --
Swan Song of Copernican Interpretations --
Interpretive Categories From a False Judgment? --
False Judgment Underlying Physics? --
Physics Without Metaphysics --
From Denying Metaphysics to Politics.
Responsibility: Robert C. Trundle, Jr. ; with a foreword by Peter A. Redpath.

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Trundle argues that metaphysical principles and our understanding of science have become subordinated to ideological dreams. Fascism and Nazism are not historical aberrations, but essential  Read more...

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