It is often claimed that theological and metaphysical claims must be based upon, or somehow verified by, other sources of knowledge, especially the results of the scientiic method. However, I wonder if the problem does not cut both ways. If a, so to speak, monochromatic epistemological basis for some claims C undercuts the truth of C, then even scientific claims S would require a polychromatic epistemological basis. If C’s own methodology cannot substantiate C, can S’s methodology substantiate S? Is there any possible evidence for scientific claims that is not itself based on the scientific method? Is there evidence for a scientific claim S that is not itself derived from antecedent scientific claims S’? Is there a (non-circular) way to establish scientific claims without resorting to the methodology which is supposed to be validated by the very claims in question?
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