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Is Science Neurotic?

Is Science Neurotic? by Nicholas Maxwell
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Is Science Neurotic? sets out to show that science suffers from a damaging but rarely noticed methodological disease -- "rationalistic neurosis." Assumptions concerning metaphysics, human value and politics, implicit in the aims of science, are repressed, and the malaise has spread to affect the whole academic enterprise, with the potential for extraordinarily damaging long-term consequences.

The book begins with a discussion of the aims and methods of natural science, and moves on to discuss social science, philosophy, education, psychoanalytic theory and academic inquiry as a whole. It makes an original and compelling contribution to the current debate between those for and those against science, arguing that science would be of greater human value if it were more rigorous -- we suffer not from too much scientific rationality, but too little. The author discusses the need for a revolution in the aims of science and academic inquiry in general and, in a lively and accessible style, spells out a thesis with profound importance for the long-term future of humanity.

World Scientific Publishing Company; January 2005
255 pages; ISBN 9781783260485
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Title: Is Science Neurotic?
Author: Nicholas Maxwell
 
ISBNs
1783260483
9781783260485
9781860945007