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Scientism and its rivals
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2018 (English)In: Scientism: Prospects and Problems / [ed] Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, Rene van Woudenberg, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, p. 57-82Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What is scientism and, no less important, where and why does it differ from its rivals? The second aspect is crucial because, in assessing scientism, we also need to identify its rivals and the borderlines and grey zones between scientism and these rivals − if we reject one we need to know what alternatives there are and where possible overlaps are. In this chapter I shall offer answers to these questions and besides distinguish between different types of scientism also suggest that liberal naturalism, humanism, social constructionism, religious naturalism, and theism are best understood as rivals to scientism, although that does not mean that they are on all accounts necessarily incompatible with scientism. It merely means that they contain elements that are in serious tension with the epistemology and ontology of scientism or its overall tendency to be deeply suspicious about everything in reality which cannot be described, understood or explained by the natural science.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 57-82
Keywords [en]
Scientism, scientific naturalism, liberal naturalism, humanism, social constructionism, religious naturalism, theism
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374466ISBN: 978-0-19-046275-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-374466DiVA, id: diva2:1281080
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The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved

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