What is epistocracy?

Cathrine Holst has published the chapter 'What is epistocracy?' in the volume 'Sacred Science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews', edited by S.A. Øyen, N.S. Vaage and T. Lund-Olsen and published with Wageningen Academic Publishers.

About the book

Science and religion are often viewed as dichotomies. But although our contemporary society is often perceived as a rationalization process, we still need broad, metaphysical beliefs outside of what can be proven empirically. Rituals and symbols remain at the core of modern life. Do our concepts of science and religion require revitalization? Can science itself be considered a religion, a belief, or an ideology?

Science's authority and prestige allows for little in the way of alternate approaches not founded in empirical science. It is not unusual to believe that technology and science will solve the world's fundamental problems. Has truth been colonized by science? Have scientific disciplines become so specialized and "operationally closed" that they have constructed barriers to other disciplines as well as the general public?

The writers of this book set out to investigate whether the symbols of academia may in some cases take on a quality of sacrality, whether the rule of experts can be said to have the character of a "priesthood of knowledge", whether religion has a place in scientific contexts, and a selection of other questions concerning science and its relations to religious belief.


Simen Andersen Øyen, Nora S. Vaage and Tone Lund-Olsen (eds.)
Sacred science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews

2012, Wageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN: 978-90-8686-196-5

Published May 15, 2012 10:30 AM - Last modified Jan. 27, 2016 10:13 AM