Naturalism in the age of real science

Daniel Andler
Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, France

A realistic assessment of the scientific process, conducted over the last several decades,  challenges the notion that science is on its way to provide a faithful and complete representation of the world. On the other hand, over the same period, large swaths of the humanities and the social realms have been brought under the purview of natural science. Scientific naturalism appears weakened from the first vantage point, and strengthened from the second. An arbitration will be proposed: it is not pragmatically acceptable to remain agnostic.

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