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Notre Trahison des Clercs

P.A. Hancock

in Psychology of Science

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753628
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753628.003.0020
Notre Trahison des Clercs

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This chapter begins with the explicit acknowledgment that the implicit belief of scientists, including psychologists, is that science is a good thing. It proceeds to ask whether this belief is actually fulfilled in the use of science in our world. The chapter is forced to conclude that, as a general proposition, it is not. Thus, this chapter asks whether science can use its capacities and understandings to address the disconnect between the often unexpressed implicit aspirations for science and its current pragmatic and manifest explicit exploitations. The chapter proposes that science can achieve such reconciliation, but, pragmatically, is much less sanguine about the enactment of such efforts. Failure of this nontraditional extension of the scientific enterprise would seem to harbinger our demise as a species.

Keywords: implicit aspirations of science; explicit exploitations of science; scientific enterprise; implicit beliefs; good

Chapter.  8438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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