Readings in Empiricism, Analytic Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Science, hosted by Allan K and Michael S.
For electronic copies of the reading assignments or questions about the group, please email Allan K @ email@example.com.
We’ll finish up section 12 of Hume’s ‘Enquiry concerning human understanding’, https://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/hume1748.pdf , and go on to take a look at Pyrrhonism. Hume calls Pyrrhonism extreme. We’ll look at Sextus Empiricus’ ‘Outlines of Pyrrhonism’ to see if this is a fair characterization, http://www.sciacchitano.it/pensatori%20epistemici/scettici/outlines%20of%20pyrronism.pdf . I recommend reading the first 6 pages of book 1 to get a sense of what Pyrrhonism is, first 10 pages of book 2 to get a notion of Pyrrhonist truth, and #5 of book 3, ‘Is anything the cause of anything?’ If there’s still time left, we’ll take a look at Francis Bacon, ‘Novum organum’, https://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/bacon1620.pdf . In particular we’ll be looking at the Idols, in book 1, #39 through #67. I expect Bacon to spill over into the July 27 session.
Join us every-other Saturday at 5:00pm for an exploration of science, from its origins to its modern developments, as voiced not only in the writings of those who have philosophized about science, experience, and knowledge, but also in the voice of the scientists themselves. This foray in reading and discussion will inevitably take us deep into empiricism and rationalism, as well as into the nature of objectivity, role of language and logic, and, not least, how we collectively come to agreement on what is true.