Science, Truth, and Democracy by Philip Kitcher

Science, Truth, and Democracy

byPhilip Kitcher

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Striving to boldly redirect the philosophy of science, this book by renowned philosopher Philip Kitcher examines the heated debate surrounding the role of science in shaping our lives. Kitcher explores the sharp divide between those who believe that the pursuit of scientific knowledge isalways valuable and necessary--the purists--and those who believe that it invariably serves the interests of people in positions of power. In a daring turn, he rejects both perspectives, working out a more realistic image of the sciences--one that allows for the possibility of scientific truth, butnonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues to investigate. He then proposes a democratic and deliberative framework for responsible scientists to follow. Controversial, powerful, yet engaging, this volume will appeal to a wide range of readers. Kitcher's nuanced analysis and authoritative conclusion will interest countless scientists as well as all readers of science--scholars and laypersons alike.

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Philip Kitcher is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and author of The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge (OUP, 1983); The Advancement of Science (OUP, 1993); and In Mendel's Mirror (OUP, 2003).
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Title:Science, Truth, and DemocracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:April 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195165527

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"Science, Truth and Democracy mobilizes the notion of significance so central to his masterful analysis of how science advances, to solve the problems of what role scientific inquiry can play in the democracy which modern science itself requires to prosper. The Advancement of Science isobligatory reading for those who hope to understand how science works. Science, Truth and Democracy will be equally indispensable for those concerned about what interests it should serve."--Alexander Rosenberg, Duke University