, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 177–184

Scientific Research–Who Should Govern?

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11569-007-0019-2

Cite this article as:
Kitcher, P. Nanoethics (2007) 1: 177. doi:10.1007/s11569-007-0019-2


I argue that the title question needs to be taken seriously because there are important questions about how the scientific agenda should be set. Natural answers to the question – declarations of the proper autonomy of science or expressions of faith in market forces – are found inadequate. Instead, I propose a form of democracy with respect to scientific research that will avoid the obvious dangers of a tyranny of ignorance. I conclude with some modest proposals about how the ideal of a democratic science might be implemented and with a response to common objections.


Scientific researchGovernanceAutonomy of science

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA