A syllabus of (some of) Gingras’ errors
The position adopted by this book will be a familiar one for historians and philosophers of science. Usually, however, it is scientists—such as Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg in To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science (2015) and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (2018)—who continue to propagate the kind of historical narrative and related philosophical claims that we find at the center of Gingras’ polemic against religion in an enlightened society. In answer to such a polemic against religion (especially Roman Catholicism), we feel that it is appropriate to respond with a “Syllabus of Errors”. The particular historical and philosophical errors in Gingras’ engaging polemic are too numerous to list, but the following sample will suffice to show their nature.
Misuse and misinterpretation of historiography
(1) One of the basic assumptions of Gingras’ book is that leading historians of science and...
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