Moderate Scientism in Philosophy

Wesley Buckwalter, John Turri

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Abstract

Moderate scientism is the view that empirical science can help answer questions in nonscientific disciplines. In this paper, we evaluate moderate scientism in philosophy. We review several ways that science has contributed to research in epistemology, action theory, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. We also review several ways that science has contributed to our understanding of how philosophers make judgments and decisions. Based on this research, we conclude that the case for moderate philosophical scientism is strong: scientific practice has promoted significant progress in philosophy and its further development should be welcomed and encouraged.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientism: Prospects and Problems
EditorsJ. R. Ridder, R Peels, R van Woudenberg
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter12
Pages280-300
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

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