Organized skepticism, naïve methodism, and other -isms

Foundations of Chemistry 8 (2):97-110 (2006)
The Science Wars have pitted defenders of science against those accused of attacking it with the weapons of constructivism and relativism. I argue that this defensive stance is in large part a consequence of two other -isms, organized skepticism and naïve methodism, that play a significant, if mostly unconscious, role in how scientists tend to think about science, and suggest that increased awareness of these -isms may help dissipate the perceptions of hostility.
Keywords Philosophy   History   Philosophy of Science   Physical Chemistry   Philosophy of Science
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DOI 10.1007/s10698-004-3531-2
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