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p. 1137. Science and its criticslocked

  • Samir Okasha

Abstract

Is science a good thing? Despite numerous impressive contributions to human welfare, science is not always applauded. ‘Science and its critics’ considers three criticisms of science that are of particular philosophical interest. The first concerns ‘scientism’, a pejorative label used by some philosophers to describe what they see as science worship—the over-reverential attitude towards modern science. The second discusses the tension between science and religion, focusing on the opposition between Darwin’s theory of evolution and the ‘intelligent design’ movement in the United States. Finally, arguments for and against the possibility of value-free science are discussed.

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