Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments

Michael Lynch

in The One Culture?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226467221
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467245 | DOI:
Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments

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Most sociologists and historians agree that their studies of historical and contemporary cases must take into account what scientists say about their own theories and practices. It also seems that many of the scientists recognize that studies of what historical and contemporary scientists do will not always vindicate what scientists and philosophers say about science in general. It is also clear that what seems to be emerging is not a truce between two discrete sides. Instead, it involves a much more varied collection of agreements and disagreements that crisscross the two-cultures divide. Many substantive disagreements remain, for example, about the relationship between methodological and philosophical relativism, but the overall tenor of many of the arguments is inquisitive rather than inquisitorial. Despite his support for the overall dialogue, this chapter expresses a couple of reservations about some of the terms of the peace agreement that may be emerging from several discourses.

Keywords: methodological relativism; philosophical relativism; working philosophies; causality; contemporary science

Chapter.  2848 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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