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Mario Bunge: his contribution to science

Recently, Argentine scientist Mario Bunge, defender of realism and enemy of the “pseudosciences”, died. A review of his career.

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In any college career, we've run into him. There is no chair of Research Methodology, or similar, that does not have it among its recommended literature. Science, its method and its philosophy is perhaps the most familiar book, butMario Bunge made many contributions to science in his extensive career.

He was a philosopher, physicist and epistemologist. Bunge believed only in what could be validated by science. He defended realism, materialism, systemism and scientism. He rejected , as a consequence, what he called “pseudosciences”: psychoanalysis, shamanism, homeopathy and others alternative medicines. Everything that could not be known through the scientific method, for him, was not part of reality and therefore had no validity.

He devoted his life to study and research, and was recognized for that. He received twenty-one honorary doctorates, four honorary professors in Europe and America, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and two Konex, among others. He was also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Canada. He was a university professor in Argentina and abroad, and wrote several books.

He died on 24 February in Montreal, Canada, where he lived for more than 50 years. I was exactly 100 years old. Argentine and world science will forever value their contributions.

Publication Date: 01/03/2020

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