The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

“Either intelligence anticipates the discovery of functional relations on which relations between measurements will converge, or else it anticipates the discovery of probabilities from which relative actual frequencies may diverge though only at random. The latter alternative has a fairly clear claim to the name ‘statistical.’ The former alternative is not limited to Newtonian mechanics,… Continue reading The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

Mathematical Certainty, Its Basic Assumptions and the Truth-Claim of Modern Science

The pitfalls of a pseudo-mathematical method, which can make no progress except by making everything a function of a single variable and assuming that all the partial differentials vanish, could not be better illustrated. For it is no good to admit later on that there are in fact other variables, and yet to proceed without… Continue reading Mathematical Certainty, Its Basic Assumptions and the Truth-Claim of Modern Science

Positing the Presuppositions, and the Presuppositions of Cartesian Science

We should introduce here a precise distinction between the presupposed or shadowy part of what appear as ontic objects and the ontological horizon of their appearing. On the one hand, as was brilliantly developed by Husserl in his phenomenological analysis of perception, every perception of even an ordinary object involves a series of assumptions about… Continue reading Positing the Presuppositions, and the Presuppositions of Cartesian Science

The Natural Sciences and Reality

  To ask the question of what ‘reality’ means in the context of the natural sciences requires firstly determining what reality refers to in general. The common notion is that reality refers to the sum of real things, or to be more precise, actualized real things. The problem with this assumption is that we then… Continue reading The Natural Sciences and Reality

The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject

“Perhaps Zizek’s most radical challenge to accepted theoretical opinion is his defense of the modern, Cartesian subject. Zizek knowingly and polemically positions his writings against virtually all other contemporary theorists, with the significant exception of Alain Badiou. But for Zizek, the Cartesian subject is not reducible to the fully self assured “master and possessor of… Continue reading The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject