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A few remarks on Science, Religion and Secularization by John Hedley Brooke

On the 15-th of March, Mr. John Hadley Brooke held a lecture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Bucharest entitled: Science, Religion and Secularization: Past Present and Future. I will jot down here a few remarks about his lecture.

Mr. Brooke’s main thesis is that the process of secularization that we experienced in the last centuries wasn’t caused by science or at least not by science alone, but rather by religion eroding itself from the inside. So religion doesn’t actually contradict science (nor vice-versa) and science isn’t that important in the spiritual lives of people.

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Scepticism irational – inca un exemplu

Numesc scepticism irațional acea atitudine a unui om care deși a primit dovezi suficiente pentru demonstrarea unei ipoteze, preferă să o respingă în favoarea unei alte ipoteze pentru care are și mai puține dovezi – dar care este în acord cu niște convingeri personale ale sale. Read moreRead more


Democratia si sistemul electoral

Stim cu totii ca democratia este singura forma de guvernamant perfectibila – in teorie cel putin. Intrebarea pe care ar trebui sa ne-o punem azi este cand si de ce am incetat sa o mai perfectionam?

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What does the recession say about us

Here is the online video of a DLD conference in which Daniel Kahnemann, a psychologist and Nassim Taleb, an economist,  talk about what’s going on right now with the recession and what led to it. This conference is very interesting and informative, to say the least. In this post I would like to ponder a little on a few of the ideas presented there. Read moreRead more


The public use of reason

There are at least two ways in which one could understand the word “reason”:

1. instrumental reason (or economical reasoning) is that type of reason which concerns only the means of attaining a goal. If one has the purpose y than whatever one does is reasonable as long as it helps in attaing this goal. Thus we can talk about reason even when the action is illegal or immoral because what matters here is the efficiency. Read moreRead more


Public reason

“Public reason is the phrase used by American philosopher John Rawls to refer to the common reason of all citizens in a pluralist society. Public reason is contrasted by Rawls with the nonpublic reason employed by citizens as members of religious associations or as adherents to particular moral and philosophical doctrines.”

( Wikipedia )