Scientism and Its Discontents
he achievements of the sciences deserve our respect, even our admiration; but, like all human enterprises, the sciences are fallible, imperfect, stumbling, and susceptible to corruption. These days, anti-scientific cynicism seems to be waning; but scientism, the opposite extreme, is flourishing—in public-policy debates, in the legal system, in education, and in philosophy. In Scientism and its Discontents Haack shows that this new scientism is no less confused, and no less damaging to our intellectual culture, than the older cynicism.
This work is based on Professor Haack's September 2016 Agnes Cuming Lectures at University College, Dublin.
Susan Haack, Scientism and Its Discontents (2017).