PSA 1974 pp 449-457 | Cite as

Assurance and Agnosticism

  • Joseph Agassi
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 32)


The scientific ethos of the modern Western world contains two conflicting moods, of utter lack of assurance and of utter assurance. The question posed here is, how do the two go together? The answer I offer is, all assurance is contingent on the supposition that our system as a whole, still survives, but there is no assurance for the survival of the system as a whole.


Empirical Fact Inductive Mood Scientific Assurance Scientific Ethos Global Agnosticism 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Agassi
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  1. 1.Boston University and Tel Aviv UniversityUSA

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