Scientism and its Challenge to Humanism
Article first published online: 9 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 93, Issue 1048, pages 671–686, November 2012
How to Cite
Haldane, J. (2012), Scientism and its Challenge to Humanism. New Blackfriars, 93: 671–686. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2011.01458.x
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 9 JUN 2012
- genetic determinism;
Viewed from the perspective of the nineteenth century there is little in the details of contemporary political life that would seem special. Tensions between great powers, ethnic and religious divisions, trade rivalries, economic recessions, currency crises, civil unrest, etc. are all part of the fabric of the modern world. Social life in the West has been marked by the dissolution of families and communities into voluntary and market associations of individuals; but while that was a distinctive feature of the twentieth century and has extended into the twenty-first, it is a continuation of trends well-established in previous times principally through industrialisation and urbanisation.