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What’s so bad about Scientism?

Mizrahi, Moti (2017) What’s so bad about Scientism? [Preprint]

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In their attempt to defend philosophy from accusations of uselessness made by prominent scientists, such as Stephen Hawking, some philosophers respond with the charge of “scientism.” This charge makes endorsing a scientistic stance a mistake by definition. For this reason, it begs the question against these critics of philosophy, or anyone who is inclined to endorse a scientistic stance, and turns the scientism debate into a verbal dispute. In this paper, I propose a different definition of scientism, and thus a new way of looking at the scientism debate. Those philosophers who seek to defend philosophy against accusations of uselessness would do philosophy a much better service, I submit, if they were to engage with the definition of scientism put forth in this paper, rather than simply make it analytic that scientism is a mistake.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Mizrahi, Motimotimizra@gmail.com
Keywords: inference to the best explanation; epistemological scientism; scientistic stance; success of science
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Moti Mizrahi
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2017 16:51
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2017 16:51
Item ID: 12896
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 10 March 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12896

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