With his book, Abusing Science, Kitcher takes his place beside such eloquent champions of Darwin’s theory as Thomas Huxley and Clarence Darrow. “Abusing Science” is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a . “This book is not, therefore, an attempt to debunk religion. Nor does it critize those who accept a literal reading of the. Genesis account of.

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Abusing Science–The Case against Creationism

No trivia or quizzes yet. Besides, there is nothing in that chapter which a Creationist wouldn’t stipulate. Kielkopf – – New Scholasticism 59 1: A lucid, thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by natural selection, and, by extension, pretty much all of modern physical science.

Dolby – – Zygon 22 2: Apr 06, David marked it as to-read. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Science is a pragmatic means to solve problems. In Chapter 1, the author delves into a discussion on genes and chromosomes which is too technical for me.

Michael Ruse – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 10 1: This is by far the best book I have read defending the theory of evolution against creationist challenges.


Philip Kitcher & Marcel C. La Follette, Abusing Science: The Case against Creationism – PhilPapers

Jan 16, John rated it it was abusinf Shelves: It requires of the reader a basic acceptance of epistemological premises and the patience to appreciate how empiricism works and why Creationism is an embarrassing mistake for it’s adherents.

Finally, it destroys pretty much all reason for studying biology by moving the development of life from the natural, to supernatural realms.

La Follette – – Journal of the History of Biology 17 1: Philip Kitcher, “Abusing Science: Preview — Abusing Science by Philip Kitcher. May 03, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: Science can only deal with nature; and any “theory” based upon the supernatural, by its very definition, cannot be scientific.

This book is old, but the creationist argument are all still mostly the kiitcher lies and misinformation, and plain old bullcrap. Open Preview See a Problem? I recommend this book. Kitcher goes beyond making a point by point defense of evolutionary biology – indeed, all of science – and a total refutation of creationism. Lists with This Book. Scientism is as much religion as any religion. I didn’t like the last chapter so well.

Indeed, the price of admission is several years of graduate education, during which the chief dogmas are inculcated. Explore the Home Gift Guide. A Journal of the History of Science Science Logic and Mathematics. Then again I’m a filthy heathen!


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Philip Kitcher, Abusing Science: The Case against Creationism – PhilPapers

It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically, one by one, showing abuxing just why they are at best misguided, at worst ludicrous. Kitcher is a philosopher of science, and philosophers have the unfortunate tradition of being bad writers–not Kitcher.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Chapters 6 and 7, finally, argue against “equal time” for creationism and evolutionary theory in high school science classes, and why evolution is not synonymous of atheism and immorality.

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