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Two Excurses

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This chapter attempts to deal with the cores issues that divide the relevant thinking by Torrance and Feyerabend: coherence, language and foundationalism. In order to do so it makes two brief excurses into related fields in order to obtain necessary tools. The chapter enables to reader to understand how hermeneutics might be used as a scientific tool, and in particular how Torrance attempts that task. Furthermore, Feyerabend is interpreted as advocating a 'hermeneutic of suspicion' as the proper way in which science should be 'read'. Secondly the question of how any text relates and maps onto an 'external reality' has been much discussed within both scientific and theological circles. It is necessary to try and unpick some of the sometimes rather fine nuances and distinctions internal to these discussions, if one is to avoid drawing false or imprecise conclusions.

Keywords: coherence; excurses; Feyerabend; foundationalism; hermeneutics; language; realism; Torrance



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