Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History

2015.03.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steve Fuller, Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History, Routledge, 2015, 304pp., $49.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781844658183.
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2015.03.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steve Fuller, Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History, Routledge, 2015, 304pp., $49.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781844658183. Reviewed by Barry Allen, McMaster University Once upon a time, scientific knowledge was the leisured pursuit of aristocrats. It was pursued for its own sake, the knowledge godlike, perfectly useless and beautifully true. Such knowledge was held to be attainable because human beings are daimonic, spiritual beings, not mere animals -- also not gods, but closer to gods than to animals. In pursuing scientific knowledge we were activating our best part, realizing the incipient divinity that is the dignity of our nature. Steve Fuller misses those days. He would like his science modern and his philosophy neo-neo-Platonic, reviving Greek rationalism with a Biblical twist. On his account, all true knowledge -- the best, scientific knowledge -- belongs together and is good for the same reason: the. . .

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