Science, Truth, and Democracy

Science, Truth, and Democracy

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Closely examining some of our most deeply held notions about the role of science, distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher engages the heated debate about how scientific knowledge should be pursued and employed. Kitcher paints a pragmatic portrait of the sciences that allows for the possibility of scientific truth but nonetheless permits social consensus to determine which avenues need to be investigated.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195165527
  • 9780195165524
  • 506,942

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In Science, Truth, and Democracy, this philosopher of science at Columbia University revises and builds on his earlier account to debunk what he refers to as the theology of science-the idea that science is a high calling dedicated to ends that transcend all others-and to oppose the demonization of science...thought-provoking. * Lewis Wolpert, Science *show more

About 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).show more

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