Introduction: Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda

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This introductory chapter puts scientism in context and provides an initial overview of issues that are relevant to scientism. It argues that scientism ought to be on the philosophical agenda, because the truth or falsity of scientism matters a great deal for our self-understanding, the life of the mind, science, and various social practices. Scientism has deep roots in Western philosophical history; among its predecessors and sources of inspiration are empiricism, August Comte’s positivism, and logical positivism. A core question for scientism is what exactly science is, but even a quick glance at the history of thinking about science reveals that answering this question is notoriously difficult. The chapter also provides a quick survey of arguments for and against scientism, and it closes with a preview of the rest of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientism
Subtitle of host publicationProspects and Problems
EditorsJeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, Rneé van Woudenberg
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages1-27
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780190462758
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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van Woudenberg, R., Peels, R., & de Ridder, J. (2018). Introduction: Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda. In J. de Ridder, R. Peels, & R. van Woudenberg (Eds.), Scientism: Prospects and Problems (pp. 1-27). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190462758.003.0001
van Woudenberg, René ; Peels, Rik ; de Ridder, Jeroen. / Introduction : Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda. Scientism: Prospects and Problems. editor / Jeroen de Ridder ; Rik Peels ; Rneé van Woudenberg. Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 1-27
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van Woudenberg, R, Peels, R & de Ridder, J 2018, Introduction: Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda. in J de Ridder, R Peels & R van Woudenberg (eds), Scientism: Prospects and Problems. Oxford University Press, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190462758.003.0001

Introduction : Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda. / van Woudenberg, René; Peels, Rik; de Ridder, Jeroen.

Scientism: Prospects and Problems. ed. / Jeroen de Ridder; Rik Peels; Rneé van Woudenberg. Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 1-27.

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van Woudenberg R, Peels R, de Ridder J. Introduction: Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda. In de Ridder J, Peels R, van Woudenberg R, editors, Scientism: Prospects and Problems. Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 1-27 https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190462758.003.0001