Scientism and the Need to Acknowledge the Limits of Science

Date recorded: 22 May 2016 | Speaker: Rene van Woudenberg | Event: ELF Science Network
Topic: Science


Scientism is the view that science can answer all our questions, including our religious and moral questions. In this talk, we look at a number of different ways in which science is limited. To that effect we first consider what 'science' is supposed to be. Then, we examine the limitations. Science is limited in that we seem to be capable of knowing things without science in any way involved in its acquisition. It is also limited in that science cannot scientifically establish its own presuppositions. It is moreover limited in that a number of brute facts are scientifically inexplicable. In addition, science is unable to answer the most pressing moral questions. Finally science cannot answer the question "What makes for a good scientific explanation?"