A Critique of Critique – Applied Criticism


  1. Erickson, D.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
This Reference Document explores the epidemiological background for criticism applied to scientific research review. Criticism means the analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a work. If criticism of scientific work has a beginning then who can, and must, say when it ends? If you are tasked with scientific review of another's work, this is a question that you must take seriously. Badiou unmasked the reality that the ideas of truth and falsity exist, and must exist, outside the confines of any one philosophy. If they exist outside any one philosophy, then true and false exist outside of every philosophy. This profound knowledge has direct impact upon every intellectual endeavour because all truth escapes the model that presents it, and no model, no philosophy, and therefore no applied philosophy (natural philosophy) can escape this reality. Armed with these realities, this Reference Document proscribes a method for critics to analyze scientific work so as to achieve the ideal amount of objectivity and fairness without inserting one's personal philosophy into the ideas of others. The role of the critic is not subsumption of what is there, but to reveal the truth within the presented philosophy. This is the Socratic Method. Adopting this guidance will improve both the quality and quantity of criticism that is possible.

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DRDC-RDDC-2018-D005 — Reference Document
Date of publication
01 Sep 2019
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