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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Anything Goes: Origins of the Cult of /Stove, David/Paper/1876492015/S022-E
"With a combination of dazzling philosophical acumen and scarifying wit, Stove does for irrationalism in the philosophy of science what the Romans did for Carthage in the Third Punic War. He assaults and destroys it utterly. It has been a long time since I have read a book of philosophy as entertaining and illuminating." - Roger Kimball, The New Criterion.
"Written in a bracing, take-no-prisoners style, David Stove's literary analysis of the linguistic devices by means of which Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend make the irrationalist themes in their philosophies of science credible is genuinely illuminating and his 'Helps to Young Authors' who hope to emulate them are wickedly funny. After reading this book you will look with new eyes at the rash of scare quotes - 'knowledge', 'evidence', 'fact', 'rationality' etc. - that afflicts recent radical sociology of science." - Professor Susan Haack, University of Miami.
"Reading Stove is like watching Fred Astaire dance. You don't wish you were Fred Astaire; you are just glad to have been around to see him in action." - Professor Michael Levin, City University of New York.