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Science as an Art of Detachment (2009)


One of the concerns of Charles S. Peirce was the status of science, neither as a corpus of stagnant knowledge nor as a method of acquiring knowledge, but as a living body, animated by a particular spirit and a practice by living human beings. As a lifestyle of living scientists, according to Peirce, science is the inquiry of truth for its own sake. It is not knowledge but a life devoted to the quest for knowledge. As a consequence, he made a strict demarcation between scientific research and practical or technological action. On the other hand, Peirce was also aware of the limits of science and the illegitimacy of pretensions to judge faith and morality by scientific methods, as the latter require degrees of certainty more proper to belief than to science. Science and religion, although sharing in some points, have their own singular spirit. Whereas the latter is conservative and risks becoming fundamentalism when one's beliefs are imposed unto others, the former is characterized by humbleness, open to the potentials of uncertainty, indetermination, chance and innovation.


Description Focuses on the work of Charles S. Pierce and his ideas about science as a way of living and thinking about the world.

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Authors & Contributors
Gierl, Martin
Clark, William
Singham, Mano
Morris, Richard
Oosterhoff, Frederika
Rupke, Nicolaas A.
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation
Times Books/Henry Holt
University Press of America
Peter Lang
LED, Edizioni universitarie di lettere, economia, diritto
Académie Royale de Belgique
Science and religion
History of philosophy of science
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Coulson, Charles Alfred
Huxley, Julian Sorell
Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich
Ramsey, Frank Plumpton
Dewey, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
18th century
20th century, late
United States
Cambridge University
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

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