chapter 1: the Ionian enchantment
What is the Ionian enchantment? one may ask. The answer given on the book states it is a term taken from the physicist Gerald Holton, and it means this belief of the unity of the sciences, a unity that reinforced the idea of having the world constituted by natural law, and hence capable of being explained solely by natural laws. This preference, this idea of having scientific explanation rather than revelation, is product of the Ionian enchantment, and reason as to why this is mentioned particularly on the first chapter comes on the second, and that is the explicit need of the unity of knowledge. I myself am a believer of unity, in general, and though scientific resolution, as it has been eloquently put, is a necessary truth embedded into our existence, I do not disregard the role of metaphysical thought, and further inquiry; I do not think Wilson would disagree either, for later do we learn indeed the required unification of social and human sciences as it is said on the book. This chapter gives us barely a taste of whats to come, later on is science, philosophy, knowledge, truth, amongst many others are given a proper definition to go on with, rather than leaving things up to own interpretation, otherwise we would not need the rest of the book.