Philosophy of Science and Occult, 1st Ed.

Edited by Patrick Grim

Paperback : 9780873955737, 336 pages, June 1983
Hardcover : 9780873955720, 336 pages, June 1983

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Philosophy of Science and the Occult has two aims: to introduce the philosophy of science through an examination of the occult, and to examine the occult rigorously enough to raise central issues in philosophy of science.

Patrick Grim has compiled selections by authors with divergent views on astrology, parapsychology, and UFO's to emphasize topics standard to the philosophy of science. He discusses issues such as confirmation and selection for testing, possibility and a priori probabilities, causality and time, explanation and the nature of scientific laws, the status of theoretical entities, the problem of demarcation, theory and observation, and science and values. A sketch of where these arise in the collection accompanies the table of contents. The context of the occult serves to make the initial introduction of these issues immediately understandable and forcefully compelling.

Patrick Grim is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Master's Program in Philosophy at State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has published several articles dealing with philosophical and ethical questions.