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Is the Word "Science" used to Promote "Materialist "Cliché" Ideologies and "not any Actual Results of Empirical Science"?

Renowned philosopher Edward Feser shows why many who throw around the word "science" are talking in materialist "cliché" ideologies and "not any actual results of empirical science":

"Some will dismiss the arguments of writers like Davies, Martin, and Haldane on the grounds that they presuppose a wider commitment to an Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysical picture of the world. For it has become a cliché that the central commitments of that [Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysical] picture—for example, the claims that the world is made up of substances, that these substances have essences and causal powers, and that they are composites of substantial form and prime matter—have been refuted by modern science, by early modern philosophers like David Hume, and by more recent philosophers like W. V. O. Quine. Oderberg’s book puts the lie to this cliché. Erudite, wide-ranging, and rigorously argued, the book demonstrates that a neo-Aristotelian conception of nature is still defensible today in the context of modern physics, chemistry, and even biology... "

"...  One of the things it requires us to see is that many people—including, unfortunately, many scientists, and sometimes even philosophers—tend to conflate scientific and philosophical questions. As a result, often when people say that “Science has shown such-and-such,” what they really mean, or should mean if they are thinking carefully and honestly, is that “Science seems to show such-and such if we read its results through the lens of materialist philosophy.” It is the background materialist philosophy, and not any actual results of empirical science, that is doing the work when people claim (for example) that science has shown that free will is an illusion, or that the human intellect is just brain activity, or whatever. But materialist philosophy is not the only possible framework within which to interpret the results of science, and in fact (as writers like Oderberg show) it is not the correct framework either." [https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/06/taking-aquinas-seriously]

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

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Jonah said…
In a word, yes.

https://canadianpatriot.org/2020/05/13/how-huxleys-x-club-created-nature-magazine-and-sabotaged-science-for-150-years/

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