Science and Methaphysics

Por • 6 ago, 2018 • Sección: Opinion

Rolf Gruner

The idea that there is a difference in principle between science and metaphysics, and not only a difference but an opposition, is about as old as science itself (and by ‘science’ we mean modem science as it has e:xisted for the last three or four hundred years). It became generally accepted by the men of science themselves in the seventeenth century, at least after the influence of the Cartesians had been broken. For Descartes could not, of course, accommodate such a delimitation as his whole philosophy was one great attempt to merge science and metaphysics into one. But he already had to reckol with contemporaries who thought differently.

Philosophica 15, 1975 (1), pp. 67-77.

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