Een Middenweg voor Sciëntisme

Translated title of the contribution: Towards a Moderate Scientism

Sander Verhaegh, P. M. van der Kolk

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Scientism, the view that only scientifically supported beliefs are epistemically justified, faces two influential problems: (1) scientism itself does not seem to be scientifically supported and hence self-referentially incoherent; and (2) scientism seems to dismiss many plausible ordinary beliefs as unjustified. In this paper, we show that both problems presuppose a needlessly narrow conception of science and that when scientism is based on a broader, more realistic conception of science neither problem arises. Furthermore, we argue that our variant of scientism is still strong enough to have philosophical bite.
Translated title of the contributionTowards a Moderate Scientism
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)285-299
JournalAlgemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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