Scientific Values And Civic Virtues

Paperback | August 4, 2005

EditorNoretta Koertge

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This volume of contributed essays, a follow-up to Noretta Koertge's successful book on the science wars, A House Built on Sand, takes an affirming, positive view of the relationship between the values embodied in science, and the nature of a civil society. It argues that recent attacks on theprobity of science undermine the possibility of rational discourse in the political arena. While science has traditionally been viewed as incorporating intellectual virtues like honesty and precision of language, the contributors to this volume point to additional benefits, examining the idea that science can serve as a source of, and inspiration for, civic virtues--in the need to bewell-informed about the way the world works, in tolerating the viewpoints of others, and in functioning as a fully global enterprise dedicated to the public good. The contributors--who include philosophers, political scientists, physicists, biologists and engineers--look at examples of scientificvirtues in action and how they might be used as inspirations and practical resources for improving civic society. The volume will appeal to a similarly broad audience interested in the relationship between science and society.

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This volume of contributed essays, a follow-up to Noretta Koertge's successful book on the science wars, A House Built on Sand, takes an affirming, positive view of the relationship between the values embodied in science, and the nature of a civil society. It argues that recent attacks on theprobity of science undermine the possibility...

Noretta Koertge is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University and editor of A House Built on Sand (OUP, 1998).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Noretta Koertge, Indiana University: What Science Can Offer Contemporary DemocracyPART 1: The Nexus Between Scientific Values and Civic Virtues1. Noretta Koertge: A Bouquet of Scientific Values2. Steven M. DeLue, Miami University: Public Reason and Democracy: The Place of Science in Maintaining Civic Friendship3. Edward Grant, Indiana University: Reason and Authority in the Middle Ages: the Latin West and Islam4. John C. Moore, Hofstra University: Civic Virtue and Science in Pre-Revolutionary Europe5. Rose-Mary Sargent, Merrimack College: Virtues and the Scientific RevolutionPART II: Values Revealed in the Work of Scientists6. Gerald Holton, Harvard University: Candor and Integrity in Science7. Michael Ruse, Florida State University: Evolutionary Biology an the Question of Trust8. Allan Franklin, University of Colorado: The Rise and Fall of Emil Konopinski's Theory of Decay9. Frederick B. Churchill, Indiana University: The Evolutionary Ethics of Alfred C. KinseyPART III: Sites of Struggle: Downgrading Science while Weakening Democracy10. Keith Parsons, University of Houston, Clear Lake: Defending the Radical Center11. Philip A. Sullivan, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies: Are Universities and Scholarship Now Undermining Modern Democracy?12. Barbara Forrest, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Paul R. Gross, University of Virginia: The Wedge of Intelligent Design: Retrograde Science, Schooling, and Society13. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Quaid-e-Azum University: When Science Teaching Becomes a Subversive Activity14. Meera Nanda, Columbia University: Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism and 'Vedic Science'