Science, Truth, and Democracy

ISBN-10: 0195165527
ISBN-13: 9780195165524
Edition: 2003
Authors: Philip Kitcher
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Closely examining some of our most deeply held notions about the role of science, distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher engages the heated debate about how scientific knowledge should be pursued and employed. Kitcher paints a pragmatic portrait of the sciences that allows for the possibility of scientific truth but nonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues need to be investigated.

Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Introduction
The Search for Truth
Unacceptable Images
The World as We Find It
The Ideal of Objectivity
The World as We Make It
Mapping Reality
Scientific Significance
The Claims of Democracy
The Myth of Purity
Constraints on Free Inquiry
Oeganizing Inquiry
Well-Ordered Science
Elitism, Democracy, and Science Policy
Subversive Truth and Ideals of Progress
The Luddites' Laments
Research in an Imperfect World
Afterword
Essay on Sources
Index

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