[hist-analytic] Bete Noires in the Dark
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Sat Feb 6 21:42:16 EST 2010
It's no good that Grice sometimes disqualified PC language. Nobody should
speak of a 'bete noire' if one is not French. Recall Melville: the beastest
beast of them all was _white_!
--- Anyway, this quotes below for Jones to reconsider how an inoperant
harmless noun, scientia, derived from Latin for 'know', scio, becomes a bete
noire when it attches to -ism!
1541 R. COPLAND Guydon's Quest. Chirurg. Pref., There be ryght many and
sondry sortes, aswell of very good and scyentyke bokes, as of ryght expert
within this Realme in the scyentycall arte of Cyrugery. Ibid., Your
c1875 W. JAMES in R. B. Perry Tht. & Char. of W. James (1935) I. 523 In a
rough way materialism or ‘scientificism’ gratifies no. (1) [sc. an
of things by their cause]. 1884 Will to Believe (1897) 165 Subjectivism
three great branches,we may call them scientificism, sentimentalism, and
1877 Fraser's Mag. XVI. 274 Its dogmatism on the one hand,..and its ‘
scientism’ on the other, even when most atheistic, are tempered with
civility. 1895 Daily News 14 Nov. 6/5 By scientism he meant to express
which had come over the thought of the world in consequence of the
additions to the common stock of knowledge. 1903 Contemp. Rev. May 727
modern Scientism knows as the Supersensuous Consciousness.
1921 G. B. SHAW Back to Methuselah p. lxxviii, The iconography and
of Scientism are as copious as they are mostly squalid. 1937 J. LAVER
Painting in Nineteenth Cent. i. 73 It really appeared to many educated
people that at last all the secrets of the universe would be discovered
the problems of human life solved. This superstition..we may call ‘
1938 G. REAVEY tr. Berdyaev's Solitude & Society i. 12 Science has not
progressively reduced the competence of philosophy, but it has also
to suppress it altogether and to replace it by its own claim to
universality. This process is generally known as ‘scientism’. 1942 F. A.
VON HAYEK in E
conomica IX. 269 We shall wherever we are concerned, not with the general
spirit of disinterested inquiry but with that slavish imitation of the
language of science, speak of ‘scientism’ or the ‘scientistic’
1953 A. H. HOBBS Social Problems & Scientism ii. 17 Scientism, as a
that science can furnish answers to all human problems, makes science a
substitute for philosophy, religion, manners, and morals... It is a
beliefs..a creed that shapes thinking and affects behavior. 1956 E. H.
Lang. Mod. Physics vi. 273 This belief in the omnipotence of science
mockery of science: for this scientism represents the same,
attitude which, in previous times, ascribed such power to a supernatural
agency. 1957 W. H. WHYTE Organization Man iii. 23 Scientism,..the promise
with the same techniques that have worked in the physical sciences we can
eventually create an exact science of man. 1969 Encounter Jan. 23/2 There
aberration of science..which has come to be known as ‘scientism’... It
for the belief that science knows or will soon know all the answers. 1972
R. POPPER Objective Knowl. iv. 185 The term ‘scientism’ meant originally
slavish imitation of the method and language of (natural) science’,
especially by social scientists. Ibid. 186 But I would go even further
and accuse at
least some professional historians of ‘scientism’. 1977 A. SHERIDAN tr.
Lacan's Écrits iii. 76 The early development of
psychoanalysis..expresses..nothing less than the re-creation of human
meaning in an arid period of
scientism. 1980 Times Lit. Suppl. 26 Sept. 1072/2 Naturalism, in David
usage, is equivalent to what many know as scientism: the doctrine that
there is no
reason to think that the study of human agents, and the study of the
systems to which human agents give rise, cannot be pursued according to a
methodology drawn from natural science.
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