The Democratic Control of the Scientific Control of Politics
- Matthew J. Brown
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I discuss two popular but apparently contradictory theses:
The democratic control of science – the aims and activities of science should be subject to public scrutiny via democratic processes of representation and participation.
The scientific control of policy, i.e. technocracy – political processes should be problem-solving pursuits determined by the methods and results of science and technology.
Many arguments can be given for (T1), both epistemic and moral/political; I will focus on an argument based on the role of non-epistemic values in policy-relevant science. I will argue that we must accept (T2) as a result of an appraisal of the nature of contemporary political problems. Technocratic systems, however, are subject to serious moral and political objections; these difficulties are sufficiently mitigated by (T1). I will set out a framework in which (T1) and (T2) can be consistently and compellingly combined.
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- The Democratic Control of the Scientific Control of Politics
- Book Title
- EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science
- Book Part
- Part XII
- pp 479-491
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- Series Title
- The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings
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- Springer International Publishing
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- Springer International Publishing Switzerland
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- Editor Affiliations
- 2. Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Athens
- 3. Inst. History & Foundations of Science, Utrecht University
- Matthew J. Brown (4)
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- 4. Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800, W. Campbell Rd, JO 31, Richardson, TX, 75248, USA
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