söndag, oktober 21, 2012

Taylor om Dawkins syn på tro och vetenskap

Charles Taylor skriver träffande i en fotnot till A Secular Age:

Dawkins’ reasons for believing that science can sideline religion hardly inspire confidence. They draw heavily on an oversimple distinction between “faith” and “science”. “A case can be made that faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. Faith, being belief that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.” As for science, it “is free of the main vice of religion, which is faith.” But to hold that there are no assumptions in a scientist’s work which aren’t already based on evidence is surely a reflection of a blind faith, one that can’t even feel the occasional tremor of doubt. Few religious believers are this untroubled. 
Charles Taylor. A Secular Age. Belknap, 2007. s. 835 not 27

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