[Buddha-l] Article: The Death of the Scientific Buddha

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Sat Nov 3 08:14:01 MDT 2012

On Nov 3, 2012, at 2:47 AM, "Erik Hoogcarspel" <jehms at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> I don't want to accuse anyone personally of being a bad philosopher, certainly not you, Richard, but I'm pretty sure that scientism is a myth.

I don't mind being accused of anything that is true. I really am a bad philosopher, so I would take no offense at being so described. But that's not important.

I think it's possible that the word "scientism" is being used differently by different participants in this discussion. I am using the term to refer to the conviction that scientific method is the only reliable method of gaining knowledge of the natural world. I have that conviction, but I know that many disparage it.

Richard Hayes

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