The truth is out there

Does science tell us how things really are? Most people in the modern world would probably answer yes. The academics who analyze the workings of science, though, are not so sure. For a start philosophers of science point out that science isn’t easy. It’s not just a matter of conquering superstition and experiments. Scientists need … Read more

Living in truth

“A spectre is haunting Eastern Europe”, wrote Václav Havel in The Power of the Powerless, “the spectre of what in the West is called ‘dissent’”. The dissident playwright’s revision of the first line of The Communist Manifesto was more than playful criticism; it gave expression to a philosophy of history that Havel hoped might supplant … Read more