The Rediscovery of Science

Despite Stanley L. Jaki's distinguished and protean career, his books are not often reviewed in our most prominent cultural journals. The best response of the progressive scientistic establishment seems to be to ignore his work as much as possible, in the hope that such neglect will doom it. Books by feminist witches. New Age gurus, "gay" liberators, and unrepentant Harvard Marxists can all be reviewed in the pages of the Washington Post Book World and the New York Times Book Review, but not the writings of a learned philosopher and historian of science.

Jaki's new book, The Purpose of It All, is the text of the eight lectures he delivered under the auspices of the Farmington Institute for Christian Studies while he was visiting fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1989-1990. For at least twenty-five years, since the publication of The Relevance of Physics in 1966, Jaki's books have been warmly welcomed by physicists, including the Swiss W. Heitler and the Oxfordian Peter Hodgson, but they are of great value also to students of the humanities, to literary critics, writers, theologians, and the general literate public if it wishes really to understand the modern intellectual situation, its prospects and problems. The Purpose of It All is a recapitulation, extension, and development of Jaki's thought, but especially of his profound and judicious essays on...

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