OK

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more

Organon F

2021, Pages 1–38

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?

Szymon Makuła

DOI: to be assigned

Abstract

This paper's primary purpose is to show that there is a pecu-liar 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 re-liable expertise to non-scientific experts. Therefore it is a third way.

Keywords

Antiscientism; demarcation of science; scientism; scientophilia.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Szymon Makuła

Affiliation

University of Silesia

Adress

Bankowa 11 40-007 Katowice University of Silesia, Poland

E-mail

szymon.makula@us.edu.pl 

About this article

Received

13 January 2020

Revised

11 January 2021

Accepted

20 June 2021

Published online

28 September  2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

Makuła, Szymon. "Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?" Organon F 2021, 1–38. https://www.organonf.com/journal/szymonmakula

Copyright information

© Szymon Makuła

Response page

Forthcoming

The above URL is linked with the article's response page. The response page is a permanent location that is associated with the article's DOI number.


This article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Contact

Institute of Philosophy
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Klemensova 19
813 64 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
(+421 2) 5292 1215
FAX (+421 2) 5292 1215

Organon F takes part on the long-term preservation of the digital cultural heritage carried out by the University Library in Bratislava.