Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Can Aristotle be Rescued?

Stephen Barr, writing in Faith:
In short, Aristotelian/Thomistic philosophy has paid a heavy price for the two and a half centuries in which it largely ignored what was going on in the natural sciences. A sustained re-engagement with science would enrich its conceptual and linguistic resources. This re-engagement cannot simply be an attempt to translate statements of modern science into existing Aristotelian terms. That cannot be done in many cases. Rather, many more Aristotelian/ Thomistic metaphysicians than currently do must learn to listen to and understand science in its own native tongue. Modern physics has made discoveries (e.g. quantum mechanics) which undoubtedly have profound metaphysical implications, but what those implications are cannot be explored unless the physics is understood directly and not "in translation".

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Gaskell Case

I haven't been following the case of astronomer Martin Gaskell, who is suing University of Kentucky for denying him a job (for which he was apparently a leading candidate) because of his faith. But Lee Kottner at Cocktail Party Physics makes a lot of sense to me on this.