Contradictions in Contemporary Philosophy.... From Culture Wars, November, l995
Contradictory (ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE) Philosophies are alive and well in 1995...
The Enemies Science Deserves. Book review of Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science by Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
p. 40 Postmoderns presume that reality is inaccessible, or at least incommunicable, because of the inherent unreliability of language. Science to postmoderns is only one of any number of possible "discourses," no one of which is fundamentally truer than any other. This is because there are no foundations to thought, which is everywhere radically determined by the interests and history of the thinker. Those who claim to establish truth by experiment are either lying or self-deluded.
P. 42 Simply false, however, is the postmodern conviction that Goedel's Theorem proved that all language is fundamentally self-contradictory and inconsistent. Postmoderns find the idea attractive, however, because they believe that it frees them from the chains of logic, and undermines the claims of scientists to have reached conclusions dictated by logic.
p. 42 Postmodernism, say the authors, is the deliberate negation of the Enlightenment project, which they hold to be the construction of a sound body of knowledge about the world.
p. 43 ...the authors note that Logical Positivism, with a little help from the philosophy of Karl Popper, remains the philosophical framework of working scientists to this day. The problem, however, is that Logical Positivism leaves science as a little bubble of coherence in a sea of "nonsense," of thought and ideas that cannot be directly related to measurable physical events.
p. 43 Logical Positivism has many inherent problems as a philosophy (the chief of which being that its propositions cannot themselves be derived from sense experience)...