Six Signs of Scientism (Seis Signos De Cientismo) (Spanish)

Discusiiones Filosoficas, Ano 11, No. 15, June 2010

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-05

25 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2011

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Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: May 12, 2010

Abstract

As the English word "scientism" is currently used, it is a trivial verbal truth that scientism-an inappropriately deferential attitude to science-should be avoided. But it is a substantial question when, and why, deference to the sciences in inappropriate or exaggerated. This paper tries to answer that question by articulating "six signs of scientism": the honorific use of "science," etc; using scientific trappings purely decoratively; preoccupation with demarcation; preoccupation with "scientific method"; looking to the sciences for answers beyond their scope; denying the legitimacy or worth of non-scientific (e.g. legal or literary) inquiry, or of writing poetry or making art.

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Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan, Six Signs of Scientism (Seis Signos De Cientismo) (Spanish) (May 12, 2010). Discusiiones Filosoficas, Ano 11, No. 15, June 2010; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1761551

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University of Miami - Department of Philosophy ( email )

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