3. Explanation in science
10. What is metaphysics?
Now that we have looked at some of the main questions discussed in metaphysics, we are in a better informed position to answer the question of what metaphysics is. Metaphysics is the activity we have been doing in the previous nine chapters. Having engaged in it, we are in a better position to understand it.
5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah
5. Science and philosophy
J. Allan Hobson
Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?
, most dream theorists preferred to focus on content. Impressed with the apparent unintelligibility of dreams, these theorists assumed that there was a rebus, or transformational set of rules (algorithm), which presented the deeper meanings of the dream in disguised symbolic, metaphorical, and sensory terms. Interpretation has always been the main goal of content analysis, whether for medical diagnosis (in the hands of the early Greeks), fortune telling (in the work of Artemidorus), religious prophecy (in the Bible), or psychological divinations (in the proto-scientific schema of Sigmund
7. Scientism versus Obscurantism: Avoiding the traditional predicament in philosophy
6. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the ‘death of God’
Frank A. J. L. James
7. Faraday in the 20th century
Robin Le Poidevin
6. How should the agnostic live?
Ronald de Sousa
The kiss … is held in high sexual esteem among many nations in spite of the fact that the parts of the body involved do not form part of the sexual apparatus but constitute the entrance to the digestive tract.
Poetry, art, music, and literature attempt to convey—or at least to evoke, for those who can recognize it—the thrill and the anguish of love. They do it with extravagant metaphors: ‘I’ve got you under my skin’, ‘You are part of me’, ‘We two are one’, ‘My heart lives in thy breast, as thine in me’. The scientist looks