Home/Main Menu     Site Map

Skeptical/Critical Approaches
Record Type: Review   ID: 638

Baffling Phenomena and Other Studies in the Philosophy of Knowledge and Validation

Rescher, Nicholas

 Philosopher Rescher says "a baffling phenomenon is exactly one whose every currently conjectured plausible explanation involves abandoning some currently accepted explanatory principle" (p. 2). He discusses the prominence of baffling phenomena in nature and in human psychology. Of special interest is his list of reactions of individuals and communities when faced with a baffling phenomenon: dismissal, degradation, accommodation, resignation, and mystification. He rejects all of these, proposing that we maintain faith that the scientific method, although it may not be able to deal with such phenomena in the present, will be able to in the future. In the meantime, it is essential that we maintain "a distinction between the interesting and impressive symptomatic and therapeutic phenomena ... and ... the often extravagant and problematic theories by which people endeavor to account for them" (p. 13).
Publisher Information:Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1991, (pp. 1-14)
Previous Record Previous
in this

List All Titles in This Category (57)

Book Reviews Menu
in this

Click a section below to move around the EHEN website.
Home/Menu       About EHEs      EHE Autobiographies      EHE Book Reviews      EHE FAQ      EHE Network      Email Talk      Experiences Library      Info/Contact      Join Us!      Living EHEs      Parapsychology      Rhea White      Web Links      Web Talk      What's New     

All website graphics, materials and content copyright © 1997-2003
by EHE Network. All rights reserved. For permissions
please contact EHEN's Executive Director, Rhea A. White.

Web Media Management by Palyne Gaenir of ScienceHorizon.

Exceptional Human Experience Network
Exceptional Human Experience Network