Magazine June 26, 2017, Issue

True and Beautiful

C.S. Lewis (Flickr)
On Human Nature, by Roger Scruton (Princeton, 160 pp., $22.95)

‘There is no escape from metaphysics, that is, from the final implications of any proposition or set of propositions,” E. A. Burtt wrote in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science in 1924: “The only way to avoid becoming a metaphysician is to say nothing.” But reductive scientists (and philosophers) have been particularly keen to escape this truth, especially since the time of Darwin. The scientistic, Darwinian Harvard mathematician-philosopher Chauncey Wright wrote in the 1870s: “Behind the bare phenomenal facts there is nothing.” Here is the valley of dry bones that visionaries from Ezekiel and Socrates to Dostoevsky and T.

M. D. Aeschliman’s The Restoration of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Continuing Case against Scientism has been recently published in an updated edition in the U.S. (Seattle: Discovery Institute Press) and in France (Paris: Pierre Téqui). Professor emeritus of education at Boston University, he holds degrees, including a doctorate, from Columbia and taught there, at Boston University, and in other universities in the U.S., Italy, and Switzerland until his recent retirement.

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