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Science, Truth, and Democracy

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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 is always valuable and necessary--the purists--and those who believe that it invariably s ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 25th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 6th 1993)
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3 1/2 stars. I find myself somewhat ambivalent about this work. While great points are made throughout, and Kitcher's ideal of well-ordered science seems to be on the right track, the work as a whole suggests a largely conflicted picture. On the one hand, he wants to promote the idea of democratizing science, of pursuing research with society specifically in mind, and of viewing epistemic significance in research as basically just what we happen to find interesting at the time. Yet, on the other ...more
Update 9/3/09 - I've presented a few papers on the book, all on roughly the same theme: hanging the significance of science on "natural curiosity" is a failing strategy. Starting to think more about part II of the book, which I also think is a failure (but an interesting one), and what we can do for an alternative.

This is going to be the next text in my grad seminar. We'll see how it goes.

Original review: This book is very accessible to a wide audience, which is great. And it is pointing out a s
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Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University. He was the first recipient of the American Philosophical Association's Prometheus Prize for his work to expand the frontiers of science and philosophy. He is the author of many books, including most recently Deaths in Venice.
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