A Realist Theory of Science: Reference to Aristotle

A Realist Theory of Science: Reference to Aristotle

Sociologists are making increasing use of the allegedly discredited Aristotelian typology of causes.  — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997,  p. 6.


In this respect our present age contrasts unfavorably with both Ancient Greece and Post-Renaissance Europe, where there was a close and mutually beneficial relationship between science and philosophy.

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However, those philosophers of the present who insist upon their total autonomy from the natural  and human sciences not only impoverish, but delude themselves.  For they thereby condemn themselves to living in the shadow cast by the great scientific thought of the past.  — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997,  p. 7.


Conceiving science as work readily lends itself to Aristotelian schematization.  The material cause is antecedently established knowledge, facts and theories; the efficient cause is the methodological paradigm or generative theory at work in the theoretical and experimental activity  of men; the formal cause new knowledge facts and theories; and the final cause knowledge off the enduring and trans factually active mechanism]sms of nature.  — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997, p. 194.

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Academic Background: Biology & Psychology. Deep knowledge of History and Systems of psychology. Specialize in cognitive science, particularly in the area of sense perception and theories of mind and perception. Strong interest in the philosophy of science, especially ontology and epistemology. Strong interest in the importance and influence of Aristotle on the history of science, especially biology and psychology. WordPress blog: www.bioperipatetic. Professional Background: Expertise: Software engineering, software automation, software systems design methodology, graphical design notations and graphical notation theory, asynchronous messaging architecture and middleware (MoM). Professional Experience: Hands-On CTO for Passport Corporation. Contributed significantly to Passports software systems architecture and deployed products, including: inTime, inField, inOrder, inTrack. Author and implementation director of Passport's Java Presentation Protocol (JPP) a light-weight high-speed remote presentation protocol. Industry Standards: As a conceptual extension of my work at Cadre, as lead designer and Manager of Teamwork/ADA, conceived the Ada Semantic Interface Specification (ASIS) initially a partnership between Cadre and Telesoft, which later evolved into a detailed collaborative implementation and ultimately became an ISO Standard.
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