Scientism and Pseudoscience: A Philosophical Commentary

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 12 (4):569-575 (2015)

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Massimo Pigliucci
CUNY Graduate Center
Abstract
The term “scientism” is used in a variety of ways with both negative and positive connotations. I suggest that some of these uses are inappropriate, as they aim simply at dismissing without argument an approach that a particular author does not like. However, there are legitimate negative uses of the term, which I explore by way of an analogy with the term “pseudoscience.” I discuss these issues by way of a recent specific example provided by a controversy in the field of bioethics concerning the value, or lack thereof, of homeopathy. I then frame the debate about scientism within the broader context of C.P. Snow’s famous essay on the “two cultures.”
Keywords Scientism  Pseudoscience  Two cultures  Homeopathy
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-015-9665-1
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The Two Cultures.C. P. Snow & Stefan Collini - 2012 - Cambridge University Press.

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