Why Evolution Is True

Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York, specializing in the history of science. He also holds a chair in Contemporary Civilization and teaches courses on James Joyce. Philip is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and was the first recipient of its Prometheus Prize for achievements in the philosophy of science.  Along with Dan Dennett, he’s one of the two philosophers of science I find consistently cogent, readable, and thought-provoking.

In a recent issue of The New Republic (TNR), Philip wrote a critique of scientists’ unwarranted denigration of the humanities and unjustified extension into that sphere: “The trouble with scientism: why history and the humanities are also a form of knowledge.I posted some criticisms of that piece on this site, and there ensued an email exchange between us.  We realized that while we agree on most…

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