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Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?

In: Organon F, vol. 29, no. 1
Szymon Makuła


Year, pages: 2022, 128 - 164
Language: eng
Antiscientism; demarcation of science; scientism; scientophilia.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
This paper’s primary purpose is to show that there is a peculiar alternative to scientism whose central thesis is not about sources of knowledge or the existence of various objects, but it aims at setting out a strategy to help decide which of the two mutually exclusive beliefs is the better one to adopt. Scientophilia, to coin a term, recommends preferring, without any discussion, a position consistent with the consensus of credible and reliable experts in a given domain. In case there is no such agreement, mainly because peers disagree with each other, or experts are difficult to identify, it is recommended for a scientophile to suspend judgment. Scientophilia is not a position on science or human knowledge boundaries, but it deals with the practical side of belief change. Verdicts made by this approach are partially similar to those offered by mild scientism, as scientophilia puts scientific knowledge as one of the most reliable sources. However, it is also consistent with mild antiscientism, as in some particular cases (for example, Moorean truths), it assigns reliable expertise to non-scientific experts. Therefore it is a third way.
How to cite:
ISO 690:
Makuła, S. 2022. Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?. In Organon F, vol. 29, no.1, pp. 128-164. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2022.29106

Makuła, S. (2022). Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?. Organon F, 29(1), 128-164. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2022.29106
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 28. 2. 2022
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0)