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The whys of a philosophical scrivener

by Martin Gardner

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Gentle walk through Gardner's personal philosophy   (2012-07-18)


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  Martin Gardner was best known as the author of decades of math columns in Scientific American. He was also known for his many collections of essays on science, the history of science, and the philosophy of science. He was active in efforts to debunk claims of pseudoscience, such as those of paranormalists and those rejecting biological evolution. This book lays out, more or less systematically, the facets of Gardner's own personal philosophical position. It is both illuminating of the context of Gardner's writings, and it is a gentle walk through many topics of philosophy.


  In philosophy, the topics he covers include solipsism, pragmatism, relativism, determinism, and Marxism. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book is that Gardner was a theist. Many active skeptics are professed as either agnostic or atheist, but Gardner defends his theism systematically. Nearly half the book is taken up with his defense of his position on many theological issues, especially immortality of the soul.

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