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


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.


Antiscientism; demarcation of science; scientism; scientophilia.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Szymon Makuła


University of Silesia


Bankowa 11 40-007 Katowice University of Silesia, Poland


About this article


13 January 2020


11 January 2021


20 June 2021

Published online

28 September  2021


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Makuła, Szymon. "Is There an Alternative to Moderate Scientism?" Organon F 2021, 1–38.

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