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Scientism: Prospects and Problems

Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, and Rene van Woudenberg


Can only science deliver genuine knowledge about the world and ourselves? Is science our only guide to what exists? Adherents of scientism tend to answer both questions with yes. Scientism is increasingly influential in popular scientific literature and intellectual life in general, but philosophers have hitherto largely ignored it. This collection is one of the first to develop and assess scientism as a serious philosophical position. It features twelve new essays by both proponents and critics of scientism. Before scientism can be evaluated, it needs to be clear what it is. Hence, the collec ... More

Keywords: scientism, epistemology, stance, limits of science, physicalism, common sense

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190462758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeroen de Ridder, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Rik Peels, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Rene van Woudenberg, editor
Professor of Epistemology and Metaphysics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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