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Grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism: the failed strategy of ruling the supernatural out of science by philosophical fiat

Maarten Boudry UGent, Stefaan Blancke UGent and Johan Braeckman UGent (2012) SCIENCE & EDUCATION. 21(8). p.1151-1165
abstract
According to a widespread philosophical opinion, science is strictly limited to investigating natural causes and putting forth natural explanations. Lacking the tools to evaluate supernatural claims, science must remain studiously neutral on questions of metaphysics. This (self-imposed) stricture, which goes under the name of ‘methodological naturalism’, allows science to be divorced from metaphysical naturalism or atheism, which many people tend to associate with it. However, ruling the supernatural out of science by fiat is not only philosophically untenable, it actually provides grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism. The philosophical flaws in this conception of methodological naturalism have been gratefully exploited by advocates of Intelligent Design Creationism to bolster their false accusations of naturalistic bias and dogmatism on the part of modern science. We argue that it promotes a misleading view of the scientific endeavor and is at odds with the foremost arguments for evolution by natural selection. Reconciling science and religion on the basis of such methodological strictures is therefore misguided.
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Methodological Naturalism, Intelligent Design Creationism., Science and Religion, Evolutionary Theory, Public Understanding of Science, INTELLIGENT DESIGN, CREATIONISM, NATURALISM
journal title
SCIENCE & EDUCATION
Sci. Educ.
volume
21
issue
8
pages
1151 - 1165
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000306128600005
JCR category
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.707 (2012)
JCR rank
16/58 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
0926-7220
DOI
10.1007/s11191-012-9446-8
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2047589
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2047589
date created
2012-02-27 15:46:53
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2016-12-19 15:46:17
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  author       = {Boudry, Maarten and Blancke, Stefaan and Braeckman, Johan},
  issn         = {0926-7220},
  journal      = {SCIENCE \& EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {Methodological Naturalism,Intelligent Design Creationism.,Science and Religion,Evolutionary Theory,Public Understanding of Science,INTELLIGENT DESIGN,CREATIONISM,NATURALISM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1151--1165},
  title        = {Grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism: the failed strategy of ruling the supernatural out of science by philosophical fiat},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11191-012-9446-8},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Boudry, Maarten, Stefaan Blancke, and Johan Braeckman. 2012. “Grist to the Mill of Anti-evolutionism: The Failed Strategy of Ruling the Supernatural Out of Science by Philosophical Fiat.” Science & Education 21 (8): 1151–1165.
APA
Boudry, M., Blancke, S., & Braeckman, J. (2012). Grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism: the failed strategy of ruling the supernatural out of science by philosophical fiat. SCIENCE & EDUCATION, 21(8), 1151–1165.
Vancouver
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Boudry M, Blancke S, Braeckman J. Grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism: the failed strategy of ruling the supernatural out of science by philosophical fiat. SCIENCE & EDUCATION. 2012;21(8):1151–65.
MLA
Boudry, Maarten, Stefaan Blancke, and Johan Braeckman. “Grist to the Mill of Anti-evolutionism: The Failed Strategy of Ruling the Supernatural Out of Science by Philosophical Fiat.” SCIENCE & EDUCATION 21.8 (2012): 1151–1165. Print.