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SIGNIFICANCE OF FREE WILL
SIGNIFICANCE OF FREE WILL
von KANE
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,26

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, somewhat misguided, 4. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: SIGNIFICANCE OF FREE WILL (Taschenbuch)
Kane surveys the relevant issues in free will with precision and fairness. However, his positive account relies heavily on dubious appropriations from chaos theory and quantum mechanics which are (at best) grossly unsupported by current evidence.


Knowledge in Flux: Modeling the Dynamics of Epistemic States: Modelling the Dynamics of Epistemic States
Knowledge in Flux: Modeling the Dynamics of Epistemic States: Modelling the Dynamics of Epistemic States
von Peter Gardenfors
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but ultimately confused, 26. Mai 2000
This ambitious book attempts to model belief dynamics. It is largely formal in character and includes sections devoted to applying the modeling to specific kinds of beliefs and is thus quite complete in that sense. However, the modelling is at best a (to speak metaphorically) a 'zero-order' approximation. In particular, the notions of minimality discussed seem to suffer from vagueness.


On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997: Critical Essays, 1987-97 (Bradford Books)
On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997: Critical Essays, 1987-97 (Bradford Books)
von Paul M. Churchland
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good. Almost excellent., 15. Mai 2000
A good collection of essays by recognized leaders in a burgeoning field of philosophy. Some are only useful if what the article is discussing is quite familiar to the reader. This holds in particular for some of the articles on qualia and the article on R. Penrose. It could also be said that the article on Dennett could have been marginally better if the last part, concerning his motivations, were snipped.


Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays
Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays
von Susan Haack
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good, 15. Mai 2000
A decent collection of essays, ranging on pertinent current topics in philosophy such as pragmatism, relativism, feminism, and so on. There is a bit of unevenness in Haack's approach; some of the essays could have been slightly more focused. Also, I generally prefer collections which have some tying together done as part of an introduction. The introduction does not do enough stage setting - though not by much.


Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Structure of Scientific Revolutions
von Thomas S Kuhn
  Taschenbuch
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Incomplete and misleading, 6. Mai 2000
Kuhn's book is eminently popular and with good reason - it surveys a large number of important historical developments in science.
Unfortunately, his main thesis for which the book is famous, namely that science occurs in incommeasurable revolutions, is very dubiously supported. A more careful investigation of cases (see, for instance, P. Kitcher's book _The Advancement of Science_ and _The Norton History of Chemistry_) suggests Kuhn is wrong. A logical analysis suggests the strongest reading of his thesis is logically false (see Bunge's _Philosophy of Science_). Read these and decide for yourself case by case; it may be that some scientific developments are "more Kuhnian" than others.


A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science
A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science
von Noretta Koertge
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Preis: EUR 75,93

5.0 von 5 Sternen Needed, 3. Januar 2000
Another wonderful book in the so-called "science wars" which demonstrates that many of the critics of science, rationality, objectivity, etc. don't have a leg to stand on intellectually.


Passion of the Western Mind
Passion of the Western Mind
von Richard Tarnas
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,80

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost completely brilliant, 13. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Passion of the Western Mind (Taschenbuch)
I have to agree with the reviewers that noticed the sudden change of tone and scholarly level as this book comes to a close. While it is true that intellectually the 20th century has been one of a retreat from reason, no where does the author mention the great successes that have come along with that. I also find the "end times" message very distressing; to those who are unfamiliar with the current antiintellectualisms this part will strike one as odd. The rest of the book is a tour de force in every way - I wouldn't have thought one could do a history of ideas of western civilization in one volume.


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