AbstractScience with and without depth?
In trying to understand science in interaction with its presuppositions, values and bona fides, an overview of three different but closely related dimensions or layers or zones of science present in the functioning of different disciplines is given in this article. Then the different paradigms, presuppositions and/or control beliefs typical of modernist and postmodernist theories of science are underlined. This approach could contribute towards understanding some of the modernist and postmodernist affiliations and inclinations toward specific dimensions or particular phases of the scientific venture. In the critical evaluation of these schools of thought the concept “science” is understood as a multi-dimensional knowledge act. The history of science contains no traces of science without its creeds. It is, however, agreed that science is also underdetermined by its presuppositions and that it should not be equated to a world and life view. What science ultimately is and should be cannot be rationally and scientifically fathomed. Lastly it is attempted to explain in what way our view of wisdom as a deeper dimension of science also allows for a deeper (than logical) critical discussion with scientists holding a different view of the world.
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