chapter  3
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The false ideal of a suprascientific knowledge

WE HAVE SEEN in the last chapter that science and philosophy were once not in conflict and noted some of the methods that have been used, or are still being evolved, to re-establish harmony between them by a delimitation or specialization of problems. We have now to consider the much more serious situation, which is the origin of real conflict and which arose during the nineteenth century, when some philosophers believed they possessed a sui generis mode of knowledge superior to that of science. It is with respect to this parascientific "knowledge," claimed to be suprascientific, that we need to take up a definite position.