Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalZygon
Volume54
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)299-323
Number of pages25
ISSN0591-2385
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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

Keywords

  • evidence
  • evolution
  • history of science
  • ideology
  • scientism
  • worldview

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