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The Epistemic Charity of the Social Constructivist Critics of Science and Why the Third World Should Refuse the Offer The Epistemic Charity of the Social Constructivist Critics of Science and Why the Third World Should Refuse the Offer <i>Meera Nanda</i>

Meera Nanda

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0019
 The Epistemic Charity of the Social Constructivist Critics of Science and Why the Third World Should Refuse the Offer  The Epistemic Charity of the Social Constructivist Critics of Science and Why the Third World Should Refuse the Offer  Meera Nanda

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Recent claims that all science is parochial and that ethnosciences are more appropriate for developing countries have been eagerly taken up intellectuals in these countries to repudiate the heritage of colonialism. This essay uses case studies from India, Pakistan, and China to argue that an appreciation of the scientific attitude is the only way to ensure political progress.

Keywords: enthnoscience; postcolonialism; Ashis Nandy; Vandana Shiva; scientific temper; India; enlightenment

Chapter.  14366 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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