Defining Pseudoscholarship

Defining Pseudoscholarship September 26, 2014

Scholarship involves the building of consensus and the challenging of thereof, and so it is easy to find oneself confused about when a view is merely a minority or even a fringe scholarly viewpoint, and when it has crossed the line into pseudoscholarship. And so I thought this comment by Paul Regnier deserved to be highlighted in a post:

What defines a theory as pseudoscholarship is not that it goes against the consensus. Pseudoscholarship tends to

  • Denigrate entire scholarly fields
  • Largely ignore established academic channels
  • Largely ignore or parody academic conventions
  • Reflect a narrow range of ideological perspectives
  • Reject entire meta-narratives, not points within them
  • Make sensationalist claims
  • Appeal to dubious methodological privilege BUT
  • In reality employ flawed methods
  • Rely on supernatural over natural explanations
  • Be developed and supported disproportionately by non-specialists.

I make that 10 out of 10 for mythicism.

Does this get at the key characteristics? Would you add anything to the list or subtract anything from it?

 

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