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Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Edited by Noretta Koertge

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172256
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835546 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195172256.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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This anthology explores the nexus between scientific values and civic virtues, arguing that both scientific norms and scientific institutions can provide badly needed resources for improving the rationality of public deliberation in democratic society. In response to the growing cynicism about corruption and the influence of special interest groups, political scientists have placed more emphasis on the importance to civil society of traditional civic virtues such as justice, fairness, honesty, tolerance, and intellectual pluralism. But where are the good exemplars for such attributes? In this volume, philosophers of science show how the scientific values of truthfulness, trust, candor, integrity, empirical adequacy, and critical thinking are exemplified in scientific research. Essays by historians explore the common roots of science and democracy. Other chapters show how fundamentalist religions and postmodernist critiques of rationality can undermine both science and civil society.

Keywords: democracy; civil society; scientific norms; fundamentalist religion; scientific research; critical thinking; rationality; tolerance

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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What Science Can Offer Contemporary Democracy in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 A Bouquet of Scientific Values in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 Public Reason and Democracy in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 Reason and Authority in the Middle Ages in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 Virtues and the Scientific Revolution in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 Candor and Integrity in Science in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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 Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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The Evolutionary Ethics of Alfred C. Kinsey in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

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