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Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? (review)

Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? (review) BOOK REVIEWS Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? By Halil Rahman Acar. Istanbul: Insan Publica¸ tions, 2008. Pp. 245. U.S. $50.00. Reviewed by Clint Jones University of Kentucky In his new book Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? Halil Rahman Acar probes the ¸ problem that rationality has presented to paradigms of epistemology throughout the history of Western thought. He claims early on that ``we do not at present, have a general theory of rationality that can explain both the rationality of action and the rationality of a set of beliefs'' (p. 14). His purpose is to address this problem by defending rationality and by building up a coherent reconstruction of it through an analysis of truth and science, which are currently the dominant paradigms of human rationality. The chapters of the text are set up to address the problem through a series of stages that will build up to a theory of meta-rationality--but more on that later. Chapter 1 is devoted to rationality in general, and its primary focus is the development of a clearer understanding of what exactly rationality is by way of analyses of human nature, human culture, and human interaction. Chapter 2 takes up the question of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 59 (4) – Oct 25, 2009

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BOOK REVIEWS Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? By Halil Rahman Acar. Istanbul: Insan Publica¸ tions, 2008. Pp. 245. U.S. $50.00. Reviewed by Clint Jones University of Kentucky In his new book Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? Halil Rahman Acar probes the ¸ problem that rationality has presented to paradigms of epistemology throughout the history of Western thought. He claims early on that ``we do not at present, have a general theory of rationality that can explain both the rationality of action and the rationality of a set of beliefs'' (p. 14). His purpose is to address this problem by defending rationality and by building up a coherent reconstruction of it through an analysis of truth and science, which are currently the dominant paradigms of human rationality. The chapters of the text are set up to address the problem through a series of stages that will build up to a theory of meta-rationality--but more on that later. Chapter 1 is devoted to rationality in general, and its primary focus is the development of a clearer understanding of what exactly rationality is by way of analyses of human nature, human culture, and human interaction. Chapter 2 takes up the question of the

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