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Defending the Radical Center

Keith Parsons

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172256
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195172256.003.0011
 Defending the Radical Center

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Because science claims to offer objective knowledge that transcends sectarian bias, it stands in a “middle” position between extremist ideologies of both the left and the right. Contrary to the claims of feminist philosophers such as Sandra Harding, traditional ideals of scientific objectivity do not require rejection or radical revision. Contrary to the claims of neo-creationists Phillip Johnson and Alvin Plantinga, scientific objectivity is not compromised by its commitment to naturalism. By eschewing ideological bias in favor of broadly shared standards of objectivity, science provides an example of how diverse societies can pursue common aims.

Keywords: Sandra Harding; Alvin Plantinga; Phillip Johnson; objectivity; naturalism

Chapter.  6810 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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