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Constraints on Free Inquiry

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/10.1093/0195145836.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Constraints on Free Inquiry

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Freedom of inquiry is often touted as an unimpeachable virtue. This chapter examines a type of situation in which there seems to be a moral imperative not to pursue certain lines of research. It argues that the imperative is genuine, but that there is no good argument for censorship.

Keywords: inquiry; race; scientific research; sex differences

Chapter.  7412 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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