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Philosophy of PseudoscienceReconsidering the Demarcation Problem$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226051796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.001.0001

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Navigating the Landscape between Science and Religious Pseudoscience

Navigating the Landscape between Science and Religious Pseudoscience

Can Hume Help?

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Philosophy of Pseudoscience

Barbara Forrest

University of Chicago Press

This chapter enlists David Hume to help navigate the treacherous territory between science and religious pseudoscience and to assess the epistemic credentials of supernaturalism. It argues that the boundary between the naturalism of science and the supernaturalism of religion—and, by extension, between science and religious pseudoscience—is set by the cognitive faculties that humans have and the corresponding kinds of knowledge of which we are capable. Recognizing this boundary is crucial to properly understanding science.

Keywords:   David Hume, science, religious pseudoscience, supernaturalism, religion

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