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Hybrid Epistemology as a Solution to Reductionism-Physicalism Issues-bookcover

By: Philippos Afxentiou

Hybrid Epistemology as a Solution to Reductionism-Physicalism Issues

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This book provides an introspection into overlooked aspects of physical science: overrated standards, an Aristotelian perspective, and underappreciated paradigms. Combining two works, it explores physical science - describing the world scientifically and consistently - through two themes.

First, it shows that while an experimental hypothesis approach succeeds due to the availability of the physical world, other strategies exist. The author proposes one approach focused on physical science’s extreme prioritization of certain goals, which may limit its exploration. Some overlooked ideas are thoroughly detailed.

Second, it re-examines Aristotelian physics, contrasting it with modern science and analyzing its wholesale replacement. Beyond just comparing, it identifies Aristotelian virtues, citing recent supporting works. It illustrates an unfinished pre-modern science paradigm.

Overall, readers gain a complete understanding of the hard science paradigm, including its hidden assumptions, exaggerations, evolutionary myths, and options for innovation. The study sheds new light on hard science’s modern pre-eminence, grounding analysis in principles, not achievements. This clarifies physical studies’ roots, each paradigm’s exaggerations and oversimplifications, allowing new approaches.

Philippos Afxentiou was born in Larnaca, Cyprus where he currently lives and has studied sciences at UCLA, USA. He has practised teaching, mostly science, in the public sector. His dissatisfaction for the lack of conceptual developments in physics led him to take academic routes different than his original plans and to what his background would usually prompt. Initially, he studied extensively the philosophy of science and developed a critical stance to science, both constructively and sometimes revisionist. Later, he did a post-graduate degree in law, where he is planning to publish his dissertation in the form of a book in collaboration with a scholar that shares similar views. This is his first book.

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