Well‐Ordered Science

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145830
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833344 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Well‐Ordered Science

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The question is answered by introducing an ideal, the ideal of well‐ordered science In well‐ordered science the inquiries pursued are those that would have been selected by a well‐informed group of deliberators dedicated to working cooperatively with one another. Well‐ordered science is contrasted with vulgar democracy and with elitism. The chapter suggests various ways in which our current practice of the sciences falls short of the ideal.

Keywords: collective good; democracy; elitism; inquiry; well‐ordered science

Chapter.  8937 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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