Nov

29

2012

Justin Taylor|3:18 pm CT

Is Scientism Defensible?

Austin L. Hughes, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, writing in The New Atlantis, asks:

Is scientism defensible? Is it really true that natural science provides a satisfying and reasonably complete account of everything we see, experience, and seek to understand — of every phenomenon in the universe? And is it true that science is more capable, even singularly capable, of answering the questions that once were addressed by philosophy? This subject is too large to tackle all at once. But by looking briefly at the modern understandings of science and philosophy on which scientism rests, and examining a few case studies of the attempt to supplant philosophy entirely with science, we might get a sense of how the reach of scientism exceeds its grasp.

You can read the whole thing here.

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