The World Explored, the World Suffered Science and tech Issue Nr. 11 October 2018(clone) - Page 4

Editorial: 11 th Issue October 29 th 2018 Blog: Journal site The first lecture is entitled “The Sixth Centrepiece lecture on The Philosophy of Education” and it is the Sixth lecture given by Jude Sutton, one of the main characters in the recently published Philosophical/educational novel “The World Explored, the World Suffered: The Exeter lectures”. The lecture explores Science and Theory of Knowledge from the point of view of the philosophy of education in partly Aristotelian and partly Kantian terms. Sutton claims Science is concerned with many things but its pretensions exceed its achievements in the realms of explanation and understanding:. “Let me say right away for those of you who have heard firstly, my ethical criticisms of some forms of science and, secondly, my criticisms of those scientists who believe that science is more concerned with exploration and experimentation than explanation and understanding, that I believe the pretensions of this subject exceed its achievements especially when it concerns the understanding of the human sphere of existence. I, of course, acknowledge the considerable achievement of scientists in the realm of physics, chemistry and biology and am keenly awaiting the general unified theory of all regions of Science, which is lacking at present. Sutton points out that whilst ethics is concerned with understanding the good to be aimed at via action and its role in the constrution of a flourishing life, mathematics is concerned with converting the reality of an infinite continuum into finite entities which then can be manipulated in mathematical formulae and demonstrations. The mathematical scientist as a consequence of embracing mathematics concerns herself with the measurement of motion. A game of billiards is used as the scenario for the integration of different areas of knowledge: The human billiard player is not caused to move by outside forces as he would be if he fell off a cliff, but rather causes himself to move by amongst other things his tactical and strategic thoughts concerning which ball to play and how to position his white after the play in order to pot as many balls as possible and win the game. His actions occur in the field of physical causes and these can be investigated by the sciences mentioned above. The billiard ball of course is an artifact and has therefore a mixed theoretical and practical history that would take us outside the immediate theatre of the game of billiards. The same is true of the agent who is