, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 129-151

Science and politics: Dangerous liaisons

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Summary

In contrast to the opinion of numerous authors (e.g. R. Rudner, P. Kitcher, L. R. Graham, M. Dummett, N. Chomsky, R. Lewontin, etc.) it is argued here that the formation of opinion in science should be greatly insulated from political considerations. Special attention is devoted to the view that methodological standards for evaluation of scientific theories ought to vary according to the envisaged political uses of these theories.

I wish to thank the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for having supported the work on this paper.