Date: 06 Nov 2009

Why Should Philosophers of Science Pay Attention to the Commercialization of Academic Science?

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Certain segments of academic science such as biomedicine, genetics and pharmacology are being rapidly commercialized especially in the U.S. In this article, I outline the developments that led to this phenomenon and argue that it has a number of negative effects on various aspects of science, such as the choice of scientific problems and the direction of scientific research, the discovery-invention distinction, social norms and the function of science. Since these issues are the standard purview of the philosophy of science, I urge philosophers of science to pay more attention to the commercialization of academic science.