Faith, Science, and Philosophy

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Abstract

The ambivalence of advances in the natural sciences and technology at times leads to unavoidable risks that result in a probe of public trust. By comparing the positions of Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Niklas Luhmann, Jürgen Habermas, Norbert Elias and especially that of Karl Jaspers with its philosophical roots in Kant and Kierkegaard, it becomes clear that any recourse about trust cannot take place without faith in reason. Here, one of the most difficult obstacles is what Jaspers called “science superstition” (Wissenschaftsaberglaube).

Keywords

Popular Science Existential Philosophy Personal Trust Karl Jasper Human Enhancement Technology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carl von Ossietzky UniversityOldenburgGermany

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