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“What science cannot discover, mankind cannot know”

What science cannot tell us, mankind cannot know.

Det påstås i Ted Peters “Cosmos As Creation: Theology and Science in Consonance” (1989, p. 14), att Bertrand Russell yttrade detta “to a BBC audience earlier this century”.

Detta har han i alla fall skrivit:

While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know.

Bertrand Russell Religion and Science (1935), Ch. IX: Science of Ethics.
För att påståendet ska hålla måste begreppet “vetenskap” även inkludera de ämnen Russell själv sysslade med – filosofi och matematik. Gör man det ser jag dock inga problem med det. Gör ni?
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