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    Mario Bunge: A Centenary Festschrift.Mario Augusto Bunge, Michael R. Matthews, Guillermo M. Denegri, Eduardo L. Ortiz, Heinz W. Droste, Alberto Cordero, Pierre Deleporte, María Manzano, Manuel Crescencio Moreno, Dominique Raynaud, Íñigo Ongay de Felipe, Nicholas Rescher, Richard T. W. Arthur, Rögnvaldur D. Ingthorsson, Evandro Agazzi, Ingvar Johansson, Joseph Agassi, Nimrod Bar-Am, Alberto Cupani, Gustavo E. Romero, Andrés Rivadulla, Art Hobson, Olival Freire Junior, Peter Slezak, Ignacio Morgado-Bernal, Marta Crivos, Leonardo Ivarola, Andreas Pickel, Russell Blackford, Michael Kary, A. Z. Obiedat, Carolina I. García Curilaf, Rafael González del Solar, Luis Marone, Javier Lopez de Casenave, Francisco Yannarella, Mauro A. E. Chaparro, José Geiser Villavicencio- Pulido, Martín Orensanz, Jean-Pierre Marquis, Reinhard Kahle, Ibrahim A. Halloun, José María Gil, Omar Ahmad, Byron Kaldis, Marc Silberstein, Carolina I. García Curilaf, Rafael González del Solar, Javier Lopez de Casenave, Íñigo Ongay de Felipe & Villavicencio-Pulid (eds.) - 2019 - Springer Verlag.
    This volume has 41 chapters written to honor the 100th birthday of Mario Bunge. It celebrates the work of this influential Argentine/Canadian physicist and philosopher. Contributions show the value of Bunge’s science-informed philosophy and his systematic approach to philosophical problems. The chapters explore the exceptionally wide spectrum of Bunge’s contributions to: metaphysics, methodology and philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of social science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of technology, moral philosophy, social and political (...)
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    Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress.Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) - 2020 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress diagnoses the state of philosophy as an academic discipline and calls it to account, inviting further reflection and dialogue on its cultural value and capacity for future evolution. Offers the most up-to-date treatment of the intellectual and cultural value of contemporary philosophy from a wide range of perspectives Features contributions from distinguished philosophers such as Frank Jackson, Karen Green, Timothy Williamson, Jessica Wilson, and many others Explores the ways philosophical investigations of logic, world, (...)
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    Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds.Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) - 2014 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Intelligence Unbound_ explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature (...)
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    Religion at Work in Bioethics and Biopolicy: Christian Bioethicists, Secular Language, Suspicious Orthodoxy.Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk - 2021 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 46 (2):169-187.
    The proper role, if any, for religion-based arguments is a live and sometimes heated issue within the field of bioethics. The issue attracts heat primarily because bioethical analyses influence the outcomes of controversial court cases and help shape legislation in sensitive biopolicy areas. A problem for religious bioethicists who seek to influence biopolicy is that there is now widespread academic and public acceptance, at least within liberal democracies, that the state should not base its policies on any particular religion’s metaphysical (...)
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  5. Robots and Reality: A Reply to Robert Sparrow.Russell Blackford - 2012 - Ethics and Information Technology 14 (1):41-51.
    We commonly identify something seriously defective in a human life that is lived in ignorance of important but unpalatable truths. At the same time, some degree of misapprehension of reality may be necessary for individual health and success. Morally speaking, it is unclear just how insistent we should be about seeking the truth. Robert Sparrow has considered such issues in discussing the manufacture and marketing of robot ‘pets’, such as Sony’s doglike ‘AIBO’ toy and whatever more advanced devices may supersede (...)
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    Introduction 1: Philosophy and the Perils of Progress.Russell Blackford - 2017 - In Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.), Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1-12.
    Philosophy proceeds, supposedly, by way of rational inquiry and argument, yet, as Jonathan Glover has written, “philosophers persistently disagree” to such an extent that the “apparent lack of clear progress or of a body of established results is an embarrassment”. To outside observers, this may appear puzzling. Even professional philosophers sometimes worry about their discipline’s lack of consensus, continuing disagreement on standards and methods, and increasingly fragmented, hyperspecialized state of play. Though philosophy hesitates to speak with one voice, it can (...)
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    50 Great Myths About Atheism.Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk - 2013 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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    Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress.Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) - 2017 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress diagnoses the state of philosophy as an academic discipline and calls it to account, inviting further reflection and dialogue on its cultural value and capacity for future evolution. Offers the most up-to-date treatment of the intellectual and cultural value of contemporary philosophy from a wide range of perspectives Features contributions from distinguished philosophers such as Frank Jackson, Karen Green, Timothy Williamson, Jessica Wilson, and many others Explores the ways philosophical investigations of logic, world, (...)
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    The Making of a Cancel Culture.Russell Blackford - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 95:96-103.
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  10. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (eds.) - 2011 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents_ a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists. Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley Contributions range from (...)
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    50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists. Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley Contributions range from (...)
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    Book Review: Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2010 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2):53-62.
    In the end, Harris provides a compelling argument for selective intolerance toward harsh moral traditions. He argues via a kind of moral realism, linked to a form of utilitarian ethic, but I submit that these are not doing the real work. To reach a similar conclusion, we can rely on much weaker premises. It’s enough that we have a non-arbitrary conception of what morality is for, and what sorts of things we can rationally and realistically want moral traditions to do. (...)
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    The Mystery of Moral Authority.Russell Blackford - unknown
    The Mystery of Moral Authority argues for a sceptical and pragmatic view of morality as an all-too-human institution. Searching, intellectually rigorous, and always fair to rival views, it represents the state of the art in a tradition of moral philosophy that includes Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, and J.L. Mackie.
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    Human Cloning and ‘Posthuman’ Society.Russell Blackford - 2005 - Monash Bioethics Review 24 (1):10-26.
    Since early 1997, when the creation of Dolly the sheep by somatic cell nuclear transfer was announced in Nature, numerous government reports, essays, articles and books have considered the ethical problems and policy issues surrounding human reproductive cloning. In this article, I consider what response a modern liberal society should give to the prospect of human cloning, if it became safe and practical. Some opponents of human cloning have argued that permitting it would place us on a slippery slope to (...)
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    Excessive Tolerance?Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):121-122.
  16. "Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong with Life in a Simulation?" The Choice of the Blue Pill Satisfies Philosophical Teachings.Russell Blackford - unknown
     
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  17. Editorial.Russell Blackford - 2010 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2):i-ii.
    n issue 20 of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, we published “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, a leading Nietzsche scholar and the author of Metaphysics Without Truth: On the Importance of Consistency within Nietzsche’s Philosophy. Issue 21, our “Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms” issue, was prepared following a call for papers in response. We published a mix of short responses and full-length peer-reviewed articles. Meanwhile, we also invited Stefan Sorgner to reply to the papers in the (...)
     
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    Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 92:116-117.
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  19. Voices of Disbelief.Udo Schuklenk & Russell Blackford (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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  20. Editorial–Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms.Russell Blackford - 2010 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (1):i-iii.
    In issue 20 of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, we published “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner . In this intriguing article, Sorgner argues that there are significant similarities between the concept of the posthuman and Nietzsche’s celebrated notion of the overhuman . Sorgner does not claim that late twentieth-century and contemporary transhumanist thinkers were knowingly influenced by Nietzsche: this is a question that he explicitly leaves open. Nor does he depict transhumanism as monolithic, or the (...)
     
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    A Transhuman Future.Russell Blackford - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):92-97.
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    Excessive Tolerance? [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59:121-122.
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    Voicing Our Disbelief.Russell Blackford - 2010 - The Philosophers' Magazine 48 (48):81-86.
    Much of the adverse reaction to the New Atheism is ill-founded. It displays a foolish sentimentalisation of religious faith, and often a failure to appreciate the real-world problem of religion’s persistence. Critics of forthright atheism display a naivety about religion’s ongoing power and influence in the public sphere, all too obvious even in Western democracies.
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  24. Book Review: Jerry A. Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2008 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1):61-66.
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  25. Destiny and Desire.Russell Blackford - 2021 - Journal of Ethics and Emerging Technologies 31 (1):1-24.
    The prospect of radical human enhancement challenges us with how we can even think about the choice to enhance or not enhance. Whether as individuals or as citizens of liberal democracies, we already recognize the prospect of a future that is defined by technology, without being able to predict or imagine what it will be like or how we should try to influence it. We can also be sure that radical enhancement of ourselves as individuals, or of a large proportion (...)
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  26. Editorial: Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future.Russell Blackford - 2008 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1):i-ii.
    As described elsewhere on this journal’s website, The Journal of Evolution and Technology was founded in 1998 as The Journal of Transhumanism, and was originally published by the World Transhumanist Association. In November 2004, JET moved under the umbrella of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies , an organization that seeks to contribute to our understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. Prior to my appointment, in January 2008, as JET’s editor-in-chief, I’d had four distinguished (...)
     
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  27. Editorial: Of Minds and Machines.Russell Blackford - 2011 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 22 (1):i-ii.
    This special issue of JET deals with questions relating to our radically enhanced future selves or our possible “mind children” – conscious beings that we might bring about through the development of advanced computers and robots. Our mind children might exceed human levels of cognition, and avoid many human limitations and vulnerabilities. In a call for papers earlier this year, the editors asked how far we ought to go with processes that might ultimately convert humans to some sort of post-biological (...)
     
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    50 Great Myths About Atheism.Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk - 2013 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page.
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  29. On No, That’s Controversial!Russell Blackford - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 94:23-27.
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  30. Rendezvous with Utopia: Two Versions of the Future in the Rama Novels.Russell Blackford - 2007 - Colloquy 14:21-29.
    Published in 1973, Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Awards . Its im- pressive collection of awards, outstanding commercial success, and intrinsic interest make it one of the few truly iconic works of hard science fiction. It depicts the work of astronauts in space, and shows an obvious concern for scientific accuracy and logic. In all, Rendezvous with Rama seems like an unlikely candidate for a utopian novel, and that expression would, indeed, (...)
     
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    Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics.Russell Blackford - 2017 - Springer.
    In this highly original book, Russell Blackford discusses the intersection of science fiction and humanity’s moral imagination. With the rise of science and technology in the 19th century, and our continually improving understanding of the cosmos, writers and thinkers soon began to imagine futures greatly different from the present. Science fiction was born out of the realization that future technoscientific advances could dramatically change the world. Along with the developments described in modern science fiction - space societies, conscious machines, and (...)
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  32. Stranger Than You Think: Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future.Russell Blackford - 2002 - In D. Tofts, A. Jonson & A. Cavallaro (eds.), Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History. MIT Press. pp. 252--63.
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  33. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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    The Invention of Ethics.Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):102-103.
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    Slippery Slopes to Slippery Slopes: Therapeutic Cloning and the Criminal Law.Russell Blackford - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (2):63-64.
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    Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering and the Principle of Intangible Harm.Russell Blackford - 2006 - The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin.Russell Blackford - 2006 - The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Eye of the Storm.Russell Blackford - 2022 - The Philosophers' Magazine 96:9-13.
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    Talking About Goodness. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2015 - The Philosophers' Magazine 69:121-122.
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    Philosophy in an Age of Propaganda.Russell Blackford - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 72:27-28.
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    The Liberty of Thought and Discussion: Restatement and Implications.Russell Blackford - 2018 - In David Boonin, Katrina L. Sifferd, Tyler K. Fagan, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Michael Huemer, Daniel Wodak, Derk Pereboom, Stephen J. Morse, Sarah Tyson, Mark Zelcer, Garrett VanPelt, Devin Casey, Philip E. Devine, David K. Chan, Maarten Boudry, Christopher Freiman, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shelley Wilcox, Jason Brennan, Eric Wiland, Ryan Muldoon, Mark Alfano, Philip Robichaud, Kevin Timpe, David Livingstone Smith, Francis J. Beckwith, Dan Hooley, Russell Blackford, John Corvino, Corey McCall, Dan Demetriou, Ajume Wingo, Michael Shermer, Ole Martin Moen, Aksel Braanen Sterri, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Jeppe von Platz, John Thrasher, Mary Hawkesworth, William MacAskill, Daniel Halliday, Janine O’Flynn, Yoaav Isaacs, Jason Iuliano, Claire Pickard, Arvin M. Gouw, Tina Rulli, Justin Caouette, Allen Habib, Brian D. Earp, Andrew Vierra, Subrena E. Smith, Danielle M. Wenner, Lisa Diependaele, Sigrid Sterckx, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus K. Labude, Harisan Unais Nasir, Udo Schuklenk, Benjamin Zolf & Woolwine (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy. Springer Verlag. pp. 305-315.
    John Stuart Mill’s “liberty of thought and discussion” is both broader and narrower than some current understandings of free speech. On the one hand, Mill is not concerned only with state censorship: he argues against all attempts, official or otherwise, to restrict the range of opinion and public discussion. On the other hand, he seeks to defend uninhibited discussion of general topics, such as those to do with science, morality, religion, and politics. Thus, he opposes a social environment of orthodoxies (...)
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  42. What If Nothing is Sacred?: Politics and Bioethics Without Sanctity.Russell Blackford - 2015 - Australian Humanist, The 119:10.
    Blackford, Russell I will examine some implications for bioethical debate - and more broadly, for political and cultural controversy - if we take to heart the work of American psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators.
     
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  43. Voluntary Euthanasia: Beware of the Godly!Russell Blackford - 2016 - Australian Humanist, The 120:4.
    Blackford, Russell In the United Kingdom, ongoing social and political controversy over voluntary euthanasia, or assisted suicide, has reached a new stage. Labour MP Rob Marris has put forward a private member's bill, to be debated in the House of Commons in September. Thus, the UK now becomes a focus of attention for those of us with an interest in the issue of assisted suicide.
     
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    Book Review: Mark Coeckelbergh's Human Being @ Risk: Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2013 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 23 (1):65-68.
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    Book Review: Zoltan Istvan's The Transhumanist Wager. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2014 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 24 (2):89-91.
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    Richard Swinburne , Mind, Brain, and Free Will . Reviewed By.Russell Blackford - 2014 - Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):110-112.
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    A Transhuman Future.Russell Blackford - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62:92-97.
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    Are Philosophical Questions Really Intractable?Russell Blackford - 2018 - The Philosophers' Magazine 80:74-77.
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    Differing Vulnerabilities: The Moral Significance of Lockean Personhood.Russell Blackford - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (1):70-71.
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    Bunge on Science and Ideology: A Re-Analysis.Russell Blackford - 2019 - In Mario Augusto Bunge, Michael R. Matthews, Guillermo M. Denegri, Eduardo L. Ortiz, Heinz W. Droste, Alberto Cordero, Pierre Deleporte, María Manzano, Manuel Crescencio Moreno, Dominique Raynaud, Íñigo Ongay de Felipe, Nicholas Rescher, Richard T. W. Arthur, Rögnvaldur D. Ingthorsson, Evandro Agazzi, Ingvar Johansson, Joseph Agassi, Nimrod Bar-Am, Alberto Cupani, Gustavo E. Romero, Andrés Rivadulla, Art Hobson, Olival Freire Junior, Peter Slezak, Ignacio Morgado-Bernal, Marta Crivos, Leonardo Ivarola, Andreas Pickel, Russell Blackford, Michael Kary, A. Z. Obiedat, Carolina I. García Curilaf, Rafael González del Solar, Luis Marone, Javier Lopez de Casenave, Francisco Yannarella, Mauro A. E. Chaparro, José Geiser Villavicencio- Pulido, Martín Orensanz, Jean-Pierre Marquis, Reinhard Kahle, Ibrahim A. Halloun, José María Gil, Omar Ahmad, Byron Kaldis, Marc Silberstein, Carolina I. García Curilaf, Rafael González del Solar, Javier Lopez de Casenave, Íñigo Ongay de Felipe & Villavicencio-Pulid (eds.), Mario Bunge: A Centenary Festschrift. Springer Verlag. pp. 439-463.
    Mario Bunge has provided a useful analysis of the phenomenon of ideology, dividing ideologies into religions and sociopolitical ideologies and showing how both can be analyzed into very similar elements. This approach illuminates why sociopolitical ideologies so often bear the trappings of religion, and how they can play a similar role in their adherents’ lives. Importantly, both contain cognitive content that includes one or another view of human nature. Science can threaten religions and sociopolitical ideologies by undermining their credibility and (...)
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