Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On Freud's Methodology

"However, psychoanalysis is not just a school that flourished and faded. It is widely regarded as the paradigm of bad science, a theory so obviously false that it's proponents must be deluded or devious or both." 
- Patricia Kitcher, Freud's Dream: A Complete Interdisciplinary Science of Mind

Monday, October 29, 2012

On The Baconian Method

On Bacon's Project:

"... after the brilliant, often witty, and always challenging Bk I, Bk II proves to be a rather pretentious, even half-baked collection of veiled theories, Hermetic innuendos, Scholastic distinctions, and labels. Had only Bk II survived, more than one Ph.D dissertation would have been needed to est precisely what the Baconian method was."

 - Daniel Robinson, An Intellectual History of Psychology

Friday, October 26, 2012

On Truth And The Church

"Without truth, it is easy to fall into an empiricist and sceptical view of life, incapable of rising to the level of praxis because of a lack of interest in grasping the values — sometimes even the meanings — with which to judge and direct it. Fidelity to man requires fidelity to the truth, which alone is the guarantee of freedom (cf. Jn 8:32) and of the possibility of integral human development. For this reason the Church searches for truth, proclaims it tirelessly and recognizes it wherever it is manifested."

- Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in veritate, 2009"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On Phenomenology And The Re-Return

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T.S. Eliot

Monday, October 15, 2012

On Being And God

"At issue here is not the possibility if God's attaining Being, but, quite the opposite, the possibility of Being's attaining to God." 

- Jean-Luc Marion, God Without Being: Hors-Texte

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On Hegel's Success And Failure

"Hegel is commonly viewed as having attempted something truly magnificent and as having failed to preposterously to achieve it. But when we view his systematic thought as philosophical narrative, it turns out to be quite achievable (though still not modest in its pretensions)." 

- John McCumber, Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era