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Publisher: PAIDEIA & PM Publications
THE NEEDHAM QUESTION; THE BIRTH OF EXACT SCIENCES; FADS, FASHIONS & FALLACIES: BETWEEN MATHEMATICS & SOCIOLOGY, I, II, III. Nov. 1994. 19.50 (0-912490-16-0; -17-9; -18-7). Question: Why have China & India failed to create Modern Science of the West? Answer: Because they never had the demonstrative & systematic Exact Sciences that could only be born in an accidental but extremely unique Societal Setting. Namely, only in ancient Athens where the people of Participatory Democracy of Privacy-is-Idiocy had passion for Common Notions prior to any private or public debate, which in turn was barely half a step away from Definitions, the first step of an Exact Science with demonstrative methods. These Historical Facts can be confirmed by a sociological analysis with the Verstehende-approach, successfully practiced by Ranke, Dilthey, Weber, et al. While the Facts in turn can be unmistakably observed on the Shoulders of Two Giants, two armies of masters in Greek Classics & Greek Mathematics. The same approach reveals also Thomas Kuhn's sophomoric circularity in his philosophy of science based on his history of science founded in turn on the former. And many other fashionable fallacies.Fang, J. is the author of 'The Needham Question: Between Mathematics and Sociology (Needham Question)' with ISBN 9780912490168 and ISBN 0912490160.
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