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Giladi, Paul (2023) 'Scientism as Ideology: Speculative Naturalism as Qualified-Decoloniality.' In: Corti, Luca and Schülein, Johannes-Georg, (eds.), Life, Organisms, and Human Nature: New Perspectives on Classical German Philosophy. Cham: Springer Nature, pp. 343-363. (Studies in German Idealism (SIGI, volume 22))

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Abstract

My aim in this chapter is argue that aspects of Hegel’s metaphysics, as an example of ‘speculative naturalism’, can and should be seen as offering a powerful conceptual resource for explicating the cognitive pathology of scientism, and for also contributing to the effort of ‘decolonizing the space of reasons’. By ‘scientism’, I mean the view that the ways in which we make sense of things are ultimately justifiable only by the methods and practices of the Naturwissenschaften. I argue that if one is to overcome scientism, one must develop speculative sense-making practices, in which epistemic power can be rooted in the communicative power of discourse about sense-making. Debunking the colonising framework in favour of a pluralist dialectical framework involves reversing the circulation of epistemic power.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISBN: 9783031415579
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in: Corti, Luca and Schülein, Johannes-Georg, (eds.), Life, Organisms, and Human Nature: New Perspectives on Classical German Philosophy. Cham: Springer, pp. 343-363 (2023). (Studies in German Idealism (SIGI, volume 22)). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-41558-6_19
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2023 08:18
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/40146

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