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The term “scientism” is often used as a denunciation of an uncritical ideological confidence in the abilities of science. Contrary to this practice, this article argues that there are feasible ways of defending scientism as a set of ideologies for political reform. Rejecting an essentialist approach to scientism as well as the view that ideologies have a solely negative effect on history, it argues that the political effect of ideologies inspired by a belief system (including scientism and various religions) must be judged case by case—and that the appearance of complex politico-scientific problems such as the climate problem in effect warrants some kind of ideological scientism.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftZygon
Vol/bind54
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)299-323
Antal sider25
ISSN0591-2385
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2019

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Scientism
Resurrection
Ideology
Warrants
Religion
Essentialist
Belief Systems
History
Climate
Political Reform
Confidence
Denunciation

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