By Graham Solomon (auth.), Graham Solomon (eds.)
Robert E. Butts (1928-1997) was once a thinker and historian of technology whose primary issues have been the excellence among the rational and the irrational. He considered clinical rationality as our significant defence opposed to many of the stipulations that inspire witch hunts and related outbursts of irrationality, with all their attendant soreness and terror. Butts observed himself as a realistic realist, combining what he took to be the simplest elements of logical empiricism with a traditionally knowledgeable pragmatism, deeply appreciative of the tools of technological know-how, attempting to describe one of those rationality crucial within the fight to maintain human values.
This quantity gathers formerly unpublished essays and lectures with a few formerly released, thematically similar essays. It contains essays and lectures on philosophical facets of the ecu witch hunt, on medical rationality and technique, and at the relationships among technological know-how and philosophy exhibited within the writings of such traditionally major figures as Leibniz, D'Alembert, Hume, Kant, Carnap and Kuhn.