The Berkeley Para-Clerical Approach
Science, Method, and Argument in Galileo
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Recently, the Galileo affair has been studied by several scholars whom I label “Berkeley para-clericals,” chiefly philosopher Paul Feyerabend and historian John Heilbron. Their approach is distinctive: it views controversial topics involving the relationship between science and religion from a perspective that is secular-minded, but appreciative of religion, and yet conducted in the belief that such topics are too important to leave to religious believers. This approach also characterizes the work of other Berkeley para-clericals, such as Ronald Numbers on the controversy over creationism and evolutionism; they stress such attitudes as impartiality, judiciousness, and even-handedness. This approach is also followed by the present author.
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642; Religion and science
Philosophy of Science | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
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Finocchiaro, M. A.
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