Maarten Boudry and Massimo Pigliucci (eds.): Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism
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In this book, fifteen authors address the issue of scientism from a philosophical perspective. Their approaches and views, and the ways in which they are defended, differ widely. For this reason, no agreed-upon general conclusions are drawn. The editors admit that the book does not have a “particular order of exposition” (p. 7). Therefore, they have decided to arrange the chapters alphabetically, according to the last names of their authors. In this review, I will try to introduce some order into the approaches, arguments and conclusions of the book by discussing five themes that are central to its topic: scientism, science, the humanities, philosophy, and non-science. Along the way, I refer to specific views on these themes by the authors of the volume. And at several places, I add my own comments on and assessments of these views. All this necessarily in a concise way, given the limited space of a book review.
Scientism. The basic notion of scientism is being interpreted in quite...
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