By Nicholas Maxwell

ISBN-10: 1860945007

ISBN-13: 9781860945007

Is technology Neurotic? units out to teach that technology suffers from a harmful yet hardly ever spotted methodological affliction - ''rationalistic neurosis.'' Assumptions touching on metaphysics, human worth and politics, implicit within the goals of technology, are repressed, and the malaise has unfold to impact the total educational firm, with the possibility of terribly harmful long term results. The publication starts with a dialogue of the goals and techniques of ordinary technology, and strikes directly to speak about social technological know-how, philosophy, schooling, psychoanalytic idea and educational inquiry as an entire. It makes an unique and compelling contribution to the present debate among these for and people opposed to technological know-how, arguing that technology will be of higher human price if it have been extra rigorous - we endure no longer from an excessive amount of medical rationality, yet too little. the writer discusses the necessity for a revolution within the goals of technological know-how and educational inquiry more often than not and, in a full of life and available sort, spells out a thesis with profound significance for the long term way forward for humanity

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Such theories clash with the basic presupposition that the universe is physically comprehensible, at least to the extent that it is not grotesquely ad hoc, and are to be dismissed on that account. The problem of excluding empirically successful disunified theories from science — in effect the problem of induction — turns out to be a typically neurotic problem. It only arises because the basic aim of science is misidentified. If the aim of science is misidentified as that of improving knowledge about the universe, nothing being presupposed about the nature of the universe, then all theories equally successful empirically must be treated equally, infinitely many ad hoc rival theories must be taken seriously, all theoretical knowledge disappears, and the full horror of the problem of induction16 demise of standard empiricism.

The hierarchical view of aim-oriented empiricism does not just observe this principle: the view emerges, one might almost say, as a result of putting the principle repeatedly into practice. The hierarchy of cosmological assumptions concerning the comprehensibility and knowability of the universe makes explicit assumptions that are substantial, influential, problematic and implicit in the methods of science; furthermore, the hierarchy is designed to facilitate critical scrutiny, and improvement, of these assumptions, concentrating critical attention on those assumptions that seem most likely to need Chapter One: The Natural Sciences 25 modification.

The hierarchical view of aim-oriented empiricism does not just observe this principle: the view emerges, one might almost say, as a result of putting the principle repeatedly into practice. The hierarchy of cosmological assumptions concerning the comprehensibility and knowability of the universe makes explicit assumptions that are substantial, influential, problematic and implicit in the methods of science; furthermore, the hierarchy is designed to facilitate critical scrutiny, and improvement, of these assumptions, concentrating critical attention on those assumptions that seem most likely to need Chapter One: The Natural Sciences 25 modification.

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