Scientism is the belief that science, especially natural science,
is the most valuable part of our culture. Although not confined to
philosophers, it is from Bacon and Descartes up to the naturalized
epistemology of Quine that the clearest statements of the
scientistic attitude are to be found. This book shows how Western
philosophy has been dominated by an identification with the aims of
science and the rationality of its methods. This has resulted in
attempts to either dismiss the unscientific or to put it on a
scientific footing. The author criticizes this scientific view of
philosophy, wishing not to devalue science but to increase the
value placed on the arts and humanities. He insists that philosophy
is not a science and condemns recent attempts "in the name of
naturalism" to revive the project of a scientific philosophy.
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