Contemporary philosophy and science strive to give a complete account of the world and our position in it. In this original and provocative book, David Gamez engages the reader in a series of colourful thought experiments that illustrate the limits of this mission. Although we commonly believe that science will give a final description of everything, What We Can Never Know reveals blindspots in many of our theories that completely undermine their ability to explain reality. Each chapter explores these problems using a popular question or topic in philosophy, such as our perception of space, the nature of time, scepticism or the relationship between reason and madness. In this series of lively studies, Gamez pushes our everyday assumptions to their limits and opens up fresh perspectives on philosophy and science. By leading the reader progressively through key areas of our knowledge, this book will leave you questioning everything that you think you know.
David Gamez is at the University of Essex, UK where he is working on a project to build a conscious robot. He has a PhD in Continental Philosophy and previous publications include What Philosophy Is (co-edited with Havi Carel, Continuum, 2003).
Introduction; 1. Stable and Collapsing Theories; 2. Evidence for the Brain?; 3. Impossible Speech about Time; 4. Merging Madness and Reason; 5. Lost in the Labyrinths of Knowledge; Conclusion.