Science and Meta-science
Title: Science and Meta-science
Author: Mohsen Abbasnejad
Subject: Non-Fiction (Science and Religion)
Publisher: Quranic Research Foundation Pubs.
Year of publishing: 2014
No. of Pages: 478/Paperback
Size: 16.5× 22.5
◙Sample English text is available.
About the Book:
The present book examines the relationship between science, values, metaphysics, and culture. In the section devoted to the philosophy to science. The characteristics of the positivistic epistemology as well as the critical views of Popper and Cohen regarding the influence of meta-scientific affairs such as values and metaphysics on science are carefully examined. Reviewing the ideas of such sociologists of knowledge as Marx, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Max Scheler, and Karl Mannheim as well as the strong project in the sociology of knowledge and the social identity of knowledge are examined in another section. Investigating the role of presuppositions in understanding through examining hermeneutics and viewpoints of Schleiermacher, Dilthey, and Gadamer is another issue which is fully discussed in a separate section.
In Postmodernism section, the views of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Frankfurt School, Habermas, Michel Foucault, Lyotard, and the traditionalists concerning the influence of power and Myth on the knowledge are studied. The effect of values, metaphysics, culture and other meta-scientific affairs on knowledge is facing with such challenges as self-conflict,relativisim,and discourse aversion which are fully discussed in the book.Finally,the chosen view of the author himself is proposed as the “Demarcation Theory”, according to which the intervention of such meta-scientific affairs as metaphysics, values and culture in scientific researches is inevitable in some areas which are thereafter referred to as ” the Permissible areas” of the relationship between science and meta-science, being in contrast with the impermissible ones based on which any intervention of the meta-scientific affairs in scientific researches is logically impermissible and unacceptable. What matters most in this theory is the limitation of the permissible and impermissible areas in such a relationship and the determination of some indicators for demarcating those areas which can help us identify the reasonable areas for the intervention of metaphysics, values and culture in scientific studies.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Past Records about Relationship between Science and Meta-science
-Philosophy of Science
-Popper and Critical Rationalism between Science and Meta-science
-Sociology of Knowledge
Part II: The Challenges of the Relationship between Science and Meta-science
Part III: Solutions for Leaving the Challenges of Relationship between Science and Meta-science
Part IV: The Theory of Demarcation (Marzbandi) of Relationship between Science and Meta-Science
–Legitimate Area of Relationship between Science and Meta-science
–Impermissible Area of the Relationship between Science and Meta-science
About the Author:
Mohsen Abbasnejad was took his BS in Mechanical Engineering but continued his studies in Philosophy. Having studied Islamic Jurisprudence and Usool in seminary under the great contemporary jurist and philosophy under a distinguished philosopher of the eastern world, he passed the highest levels of the seminary with flying colors.
Having authored number of works in such field as philosophy, philosophy of science and Hadith, and Jurisprudence, Abbasnejad is now serving on Quran and epistemology, and the director of the Quranic Research Foundation.
In addition to penning a six-volume collection on the basics of inter-relating science and the religion, some of his other books are as follow:
-Principles and basics of the Quran and Modern Science,
-Imam Ali (A.S.) Managerial Approach,
-Imam Ali (A.S.) Personal Lifestyle,
-Basic Rights within religious Approach,
-Some Elaborations on the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (3 Vols.)