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The Myth of Purity

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145830
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145836.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 The Myth of Purity

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It is common to draw a distinction between pure research and applied research (and technology). When this distinction is examined, it is found that the only way to identify pure research is in terms of the possibility of successfully defending the value of that research; in short, the notion of pure research depends on our judgements of values.

Keywords: pure science; science; scientific research; technology; values

Chapter.  3236 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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