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Awakening a Sleeping Giant?

Jay A. Labinger

in The One Culture?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226467221
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0013
Awakening a Sleeping Giant?

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It is doubtful whether this situation is alterable to any great extent. Most professional scientists have neither the inclination nor incentives to divert any appreciable fraction of their time and energies from their main pursuits. But should one try? Some want scientists to become more aware of science studies so that they can better defend against the dangers posed by the “antiscience brigades.” In contrast, calls for positive engagements have been rather rare even on the part of science studies practitioners, who one might think would have a strong interest in enlisting allies from the scientific ranks. This chapter argues that a defensive stance is not warranted and then tries to present a case for the potential benefits that could be realized if (at least some) scientists were to take a more serious interest in science studies.

Keywords: professional scientists; positive engagements; science studies; scientific ranks; scientific enterprise; science education

Chapter.  4324 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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