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Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?

Trevor Pinch

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/9780226467245.003.0031
Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?

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Most controversies in the natural sciences are brought to a close in a comparatively short period of time with a clear victor. Most debates in the humanities and social sciences are seldom resolved so quickly and easily. “Free Will proclaimed as victor over Determinism at philosophy conference!” is not a headline one will find. In scientific controversies scientists seem too good at closing them down. Why this is so is, of course, itself a matter of dispute. For those in science studies such debates are settled by the presence of an effective community—a core set—within which a combination of rhetorical, cognitive, material, and social resources are brought to bear. For scientists it is more the case that the “truth will out,” sometimes by means of a few crucial experiments in tandem with irresistible theoretical arguments.

Keywords: natural science; social science; determinism; social resources; material resources; theoretical arguments

Chapter.  1240 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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