Definition of scientism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsīənˌtizəm/ /ˈsaɪənˌtɪzəm/


  • 1rare 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.’



/ˈsīənˌtizəm/ /ˈsaɪənˌtɪzəm/