Blogging the Organon

January 13, 2008

Blogging the Organon

Filed under: Uncategorized — gimpy @ 11:23 am

Homeopaths frequently accuse their critics of failing to read and understand the work that underpins their beliefs.  This blog will reproduce Hahnemann’s Organon, from here, over the next few months in an attempt to rectify this concern.  The aim of this blog is to allow readers to critically evaluate it in the context of modern homeopathic practice and modern science.  I hope that both homeopaths and sceptics will contribute to the discussion.



  1. This is a thoroughly worthwhile project. I look forward to reading the Organon.

    Comment by woodchopper — January 13, 2008 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  2. Isn’t Organon part of Big Pharma?


    Comment by Dr* T — January 13, 2008 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. This is a great idea, although I’m not sure if my attention span is sufficient to survive the whole series – it’s not quite as exciting as Harry Potter, after all.

    Although this has probably been said in many other places, it would be worth while giving a bit of context – e.g. published 1810 before the molecular theory of matter (Avagadro, 1811) or the germ theory of disease (1860, Pasteur), or the theory of evolution by natural selection (Darwin, 1859).

    IMHO Hahnemann was quite a bright fellow, who used observation, deduction and extrapolation to come up with a theory which – at the time – was as good as any other. But it doesn’t fit with mainstream medicine and should have died during the 19th century.

    Comment by mugsandmoney — January 13, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  4. If one needs to have studied the Organon before critcising homeopathy, surely it should also be the case that one needs to have studied evidence based medicine before criticising it.

    Which most homeopaths have not.

    Therefore, by their own logic, they should keep silent.

    Comment by jaycueaitch — January 13, 2008 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  5. jaycueaitch, I would prefer it if people maintained a civil tone. I think it is important that homeopaths stick with us as we go through the Organon and I would prefer it if posters avoided antagonistic or inflammatory comments.

    Comment by gimpy — January 13, 2008 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  6. It may have some historical interest, but it’s already clear that, like any holy book, the Organon can be read any way necessary to bolster the believer’s convictions and that criticism of it can always be dismissed.

    There real issue is not whether the Organon happens to be correct or not on any matter, but the difference between authority on the one hand and theory and evidence on the other. There is a danger that taking the Organon too seriously will simply give more credence to the idea that accepting an ancient authority is a valid way of understanding health, sickness and medical care.

    Comment by eveningperson — January 14, 2008 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

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