Definition of scientism in English:



  • 1 rare Thought or expression regarded as characteristic of scientists.

    1. 1.1Excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques.
      ‘Indeed, unity is an indispensable plank in the doctrine of scientism, the philosophical underpinning of totalitarian regimes.’
      • ‘Philosophy at its best nurtures a healthy, non-destructive scepticism, and this kind of attitude towards science will serve to protect us against the excesses of scientism much more than a wholesale anti-scientific outlook.’
      • ‘Our intellectual culture demands that every idea or phenomenon be subjected to the unrelenting rigour of rationalism, or excesses of scientism.’
      • ‘It is merely the capitulation of religion before the idol of scientism (itself a form of religious belief).’
      • ‘Nonetheless, he is deeply skeptical of any version of scientific truth that smacks of mere scientism or the tendency to see progress as both inevitable and ‘unqualifiedly good in its results.’’
      • ‘One possibility should not be excluded in advance: that science would move away from the reductionism and crude materiality of scientism and yet that state of affairs would not help the religious imagination at all.’
      • ‘This is a complicated bit of scientism designed to quantify the effects of illnesses in terms of years of life lost.’
      • ‘The idea of segregating intellectuals and academics from the political realm basically emerged with the modernist thinking of scientism and logical positivism after the Enlightenment.’
      • ‘So I respond to the German philosophical tradition in terms of its recoil from scientism.’
      • ‘That anterior project, he finds, embodies a lingering conflict between technocratic scientism and humanist aestheticism, a duality that ‘haunts’ the practice of photography, generally.’
      • ‘Although they cite Francis Bacon as a leading spokesman for an instrumentalized reason that becomes irrational, they do not think that modern science and scientism are the sole culprits.’
      • ‘The argument will proceed as follows: In Sections II and III, the emphasis will be on the problem of scientism.’
      • ‘For Max Weber, the creation of consonant harmony was a rational product of Western scientism.’
      • ‘Then, inspired by mid-19th-century French scientism, he adopted stricter methods in studying modern battle.’
      • ‘What he refused to tolerate was the prevalent fallacy of scientism - the denial of everything that is not susceptible to a scientific explanation.’
      • ‘Museology and art history have long remained under the sway of scientism.’
      • ‘For this reason, a merely mechanical scientism does not provide enough fuel for the creative fire.’
      • ‘The latter is after all a stern critic of positivism and scientism.’
      • ‘Proto-fascism was part of a huge range of ideas, including mysticism and scientism, traditionalism and modernism, reason and unreason.’
      • ‘Fundamentalist and survivalist groups that promote apocalyptic visions also benefit from the scientism of Y2K fright.’



/ˈsīənˌtiz(ə)m/ /ˈsaɪənˌtɪz(ə)m/