A Faultline in Western Thinking…

Historian Dr. John Lukacs

Historian Dr. John Lukacs

“After three hundred years the principal tendency in our century is still to believe that life is a scientific proposition, and to demonstrate how all of our concepts are but the products of complex mechanical causes that may be ultimately determinable through scientific methods.  Thus Science, in Heisenberg’s words, produced its “own, inherently uncritical” ― and, let me add, inherently unhistorical―philosophy.  But now the “scientific method of analyzing, [defining] and classifying has become conscious”―though, let me add, far from sufficiently conscious―”of its limitations, which limitations rise out of the [condition] that by its intervention science alters and refashions the object of investigation.  In other words, methods and object can no longer be separated.  The scientific worldview has ceased to be a scientific view in the true sense of the word. [Heisenberg’s italics].” ― Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Chapter I, Page 68, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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