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Religion and scientism: a shared cognitive conundrum

Burch, M (2016) 'Religion and scientism: a shared cognitive conundrum.' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. ISSN 0020-7047

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Abstract

This article challenges the claim that the rise of naturalism is devastating to religious belief. This claim hinges on an extreme interpretation of naturalism called scientism, the metaphysical view that science offers an exhaustive account of the real. For those committed to scientism, religious discourse is epistemically illegitimate, because it refers to matters that transcend?and so cannot be verified by?scientific inquiry. This article reconstructs arguments from the phenomenological tradition that seem to undercut this critique, viz., arguments that scientism itself cannot be justified without recourse to matters that transcend scientific inquiry. If this is true, then scientism and religion share a cognitive conundrum: a commitment to truths that cannot in principle be known from our current perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Naturalism; Scientism; Phenomenology; Atheism; Rational belief
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17390

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