Is Scientific Knowledge Rational ?
Hardback - 245 pages,
by Halil Rahman Acar.
The dominance of science as well as its status are indisputable in today's culture. Today, while rationality has come to be identified with science, natural science is considered to be the best instance of rational thought.
Halil Rahman Acar expounds the problem of rationality that has always been a core philosophical issue as it is today. Acar presents to us, rationality, not only as an issue of science or philosophy, but also of ethics, religion, psychology, sociology and anthropology. He critiques the identification of scientific knowledge with rationality. Rationality, as Acar develops, should be considered as an alternative system of interpreting knowledge which seeks a synthesis between extreme pools.
This study, while examining the very notion of rationality, leading to truth and science, questions the assumed paradigm of human rationality in reference to its nature and the concepts of objectivity, truth and progress in science.
About the Author:
Halil Rahman Acar (Ph.D., Middle East
Technical University, 2000) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at
Yuzuncu Yil University in Van, Turkey. He has published works on
philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of education and ethics.
Table of Contents
---. Rationality in General 17
---. Rationality in Science 53
---. Objectivity and Subjectivity in Science 79
---. Truth in Science 117
---. Progress in Science 141
---. Meta-theoretical Reflections on Rationality 159
---. Conclusion: Reconsidering Rationality Debates 177