The Democratic Control of the Scientific Control of Politics
- Matthew J. BrownAffiliated withCenter for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas Email author
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.
- 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
- Print ISBN
- Online ISBN
- Series Title
- The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings
- Series Volume
- Springer International Publishing
- Copyright Holder
- Springer International Publishing Switzerland
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors
- 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)
- Author Affiliations
- 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
To view the rest of this content please follow the download PDF link above.