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Philosophy of Science and the Occult (2nd ed.)

Grim, Patrick (Ed.).

 Philosopher Grim suggests that this anthology can be viewed "as an introduction to philosophy of science through an examination of the occult, or as a serious examination of the occult rigorous enough to raise central issues in philosophy of science" (p. 3). He attempts to bring together "some of the most exciting arguments offered by defenders and skeptics in conflict" (p. 5). There are five main sections, entitled "Astrology"; "Science or Pseudoscience? The Problem of Demarcation"; "Parapsychology"; "Quantum Mysticism"; and "Other Approaches to the Occult." Each section contains an introductory overview, followed by selections "chosen and placed so as to offer a continuous thread of developing arguments, critique, and response through the section" (p. 7). Each section also lists suggested readings. Many of the selections remain the same in this edition with minor corrections, but the demarcation section has been enlarged and a whole new section, "Quantum Mysticism," had replaced the section on UFOs.
Publisher Information:Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1990. 395p. Chap. bibl; 25 figs; Name Index: 387-392; Subject Index: 393-395; Suggested readings; 4 tables
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