The Theological Hijacking of Realism: Critical Realism in 'Science and Religion'

Journal of Critical Realism 11 (1):40-75 (2012)
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Fabio Gironi
Cardiff University
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This paper questions and criticizes the employment of critical realism in the field of ‘science and religion’. Referring to the texts of four main actors in this field, I demonstrate how the choice of critical realism is justified by a (disguised) apologetic interest in defending the epistemic privilege of the theological enterprise against that of the natural sciences. I argue that this is possible thanks to the reactivation of ‘theological potential’ latent in some under-examined assumptions and conceptual structures still at work within philosophy of science and scientific epistemology
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