Scholasticism and science

Scientists who see no rigorous and systematic truth outside of science commit the same error as the priests who refused to look up Galileo’s telescope. Both saw all rigorous and systematic truth as exhausted by a single method.

The methods we now call “scholasticism” and “science” are both indispensible for the study of nature. Each is good at answering certain questions and terrible at answering others. At the same time, each has a way of saying very silly things when it wanders outside of its proper domain. Each has its own unique way of ridiculing the other. Each has the power to destroy and uplift whole nations. The Germans considered from the 13th, 16th,  19th, and 20th centuries will pretty much show you all the alternatives.  

1 Comment

  1. Dale said,

    April 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Really liking your posts…
    Just thought I’d say so…

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