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Tradition and the Scientific Enterprise

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In relating humanities to science, some scholars have argues that tradition plays a prominent role in the humanities but not in the sciences. This, for them, explains why there is development in science more than humanities because tradition in treated a d dead weight that hinders reason and freedom this paper challenges this view point as grossly inadequate as it represents only a superficial observation of the practice of science and does not recognise the role tradition plays in the progress of science. This paper attempts to show that science which is supposedly a dynamic and progressive enterprise is tradition-dependent and that membership in the scientific community requires working within the scientific tradition. It is argued that the attack of science on all kinds of tradition and authority is unjustifiable. The paper concludes by proposing the need for the critique of tradition so that it does not slip into traditionalism. The methodology this paper adopt is the conceptual analytic method.
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  • Department of Philosophy, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
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