C. S. Lewis’ witty and insightful criticisms of scientism is well known.What has been less noted is the critique that he made in several places, not of scientism but of science itself, or rather of aspects of the scientific enterprise as carried on in the tradition of the scientific revolution brought about by such men as Galileo and Bacon. It is a critique of science and of scientific knowledge that is much deeper and more interesting than a mere exposé of simplistic scientistic fundamentalism, necessary as that is. Lewis not only exhibited a less than favorable attitude toward the technological bias that seems inherent in modern science, but looked with some skepticism upon the knowledge claims of modern science, and, as we will see in his most developed evaluation of it, put forward ideas similar to those of the American philosopher and historian of science, Thomas Kuhn.
"Saving the Appearances? C. S. Lewis’ Critique of Scientific Knowledge,"
Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal: Vol. 10
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/cslewisjournal/vol10/iss1/6