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Description - Science, Truth, and Democracy by Phillip Kitcher

Striving to re-direct the philosophy of science, 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 is always valuable and necessary - the purists - and those who believe that it invariably serves the interests of people in positions of power. He rejects both perspectives, working out a more realistic image of the sciences - one that allows for the possibility of scientific truth, but nonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues to investigate. He then proposes a democratic and deliberative framework for responsible scientists to follow.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195165524
ISBN-10: 0195165527
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 154mm x 15mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Phillip Kitcher

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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