Raymond Aaron Younis

These Ultimate Springs and Principles: Science, Religion and the Limits of Reason

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15/2 - Fall 2010, pages 317–334
Date of online publication: 20 December 2010
Date of publication: 20 December 2010

Abstract

The question of the limits of reason, not just within philosophy but also in the modern sciences, is arguably more important than ever given numerous recent commentaries on “life,” “reality,” meaning, purpose, pointlessness and so on, emanating not from philosophers or metaphysicians, but rather from physicists and biologists such as Steven Weinberg and Richard Dawkins. It will be argued that such commentaries concerning the “pointlessness” of the universe, or the purpose of “life,” and other such things, are flawed and unconvincing, not least because they seem to overlook or forget a number of well known and significant philosophical contributions on the question of limits, particularly by Kant, but also by Hume, Russell and Sir A J Ayer.

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Younis, Raymond Aaron. “These Ultimate Springs and Principles: Science, Religion and the Limits of Reason.” Forum Philosophicum 15, no. 2 (2010): 317–334. doi:10.5840/forphil20101524.

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