Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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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 the probity 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 be well-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 scientific virtues 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.Ruse argues that although there are strong self-serving reasons not to fake your results, this atmosphere of trust is also ... challenged Enrico Fermia#39;s theory of beta decay and in 1935 proposed an alternative account, called the K-U theory, anbsp;...

Title:Scientific Values and Civic Virtues
Author: Noretta Koertge Professor of History and Philosophy of Science Indiana University (Emeritus)
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2005-07-09

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