All you need is science? Scientism and our multifaceted knowledge of reality

January 23, 2014 - January 25, 2014
VU University Amsterdam


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Keynote speakers:

Susan Haack
University of Miami
James Ladyman
University of Bristol (UK)
Alexander Rosenberg
Duke University
Michael Stenmark
Uppsala Universitet

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Conference Theme

This conference is meant to explore the nature and tenability of scientism as an epistemological position. Questions to be addressed in the conference are:

  • How can scientism best be defined?
  • How does it relate to (philosophical) naturalism, physicalism, logical positivism and other philosophical neighbors?
  • How should the rise of scientism (especially in academia) be explained, what is its ‘pull’?
  • What arguments can be given in favor of scientism?
  • Why should scientism be deemed unsatisfactory, and, if so, what problems does it cause?
  • How does scientism make a difference to the ways in which scientific research is conducted?
  • What fields of research can be discerned where scientism makes a difference for the interpretation of data, theory choice etc.?
  • What alternatives to scientism can be distinguished, and how should we evaluate them?
  • What tasks and possibilities do disciplines like epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics and theology have here?



The conference is the first in a series organized by the recently founded Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion at VU University in Amsterdam. Part of the Center’s activities is a large scale philosophical study on the topic of ‘Science beyond scientism’.  



To register, send us your full contact details including e-mail address. Also let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have. The conference fee is €200 and €150 for PhD students.

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Gerrit Glas, Gijsbert van den Brink, René van Woudenberg, Jeroen de Ridder and Rik Peels

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