Nicholas Maxwell: In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life

McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal 2017, 342 pp, 88,56 € (hardcover), 27,50 € (paperback), ISBN: 9780773549036
  • Harald WalachEmail author
Book review

When Leibniz died in 1716, only his personal servant accompanied the mortal remains of one of the greatest thinkers of the time to the grave (Antognazza 2009). Important ideas and brilliant minds are not always appreciated by their times and peers. Nicholas Maxwell’s recent book In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life is a recent testimony to this adage. Maxwell has incessantly campaigned for a reform of the foundations of science since his first publications (e.g. Maxwell 1984), but has heard little echo and received less than favorable reception. One can only hope that this book contributes to a long-deserved breakthrough, I find. No one likes those voices that call for a halt to business as usual, demand collective recollection and reassessment of aims and pathways. This is in fact what Maxwell has been doing over the last 40 years and what is reiterated in this volume, which is probably the sharpest, profoundest and most up to date piece, the summa of a...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric GastroenterologyPoznan Medical UniversityPoznanPoland
  2. 2.Department PsychologieUniversität Witten-HerdeckeWittenGermany
  3. 3.Change Health Science InstituteBerlinGermany

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