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Scientists, Democracy and Society

A Community of Inquirers

  • Pierluigi Barrotta

Part of the Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning book series (LARI, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pierluigi Barrotta
    Pages 21-47
  3. Pierluigi Barrotta
    Pages 49-82
  4. Pierluigi Barrotta
    Pages 83-106
  5. Pierluigi Barrotta
    Pages 145-180
  6. Pierluigi Barrotta
    Pages E1-E3
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-199

About this book

Introduction

This monograph examines the relationship between science and democracy. The author argues that there is no clear-cut division between science and the rest of society. Rather, scientists and laypeople form a single community of inquiry, which aims at the truth.

To defend his theory, the author shows that science and society are both heterogeneous and fragmented. They display variable and shifting alliances between components. He also explains how information flow between science and society is bi-directional through “transactional” processes. In other words, science and society mutually define themselves. The author also explains how science is both objective and laden with values.

Coverage includes a wide range of topics, such as: the ideal of value-free science, the is/ought divide, “thick terms” and the language of science, inductive risk, the dichotomy between pure science and applied science, constructivism and the philosophy of risk. It also looks at the concepts of truth and objectivity, the autonomy of science, moral and social inquiry, perfectionism and democracy, and the role of experts in democratic societies.

The style is philosophical, but the book features many examples and case-studies. It will appeal to philosophers of science, those in science and technology studies as well as interested general readers.

Keywords

Science and Democracy Pragmatism science Value-free science Fact value dualism truth objectivity science Pure science philosophy of risk autonomy of science experts in democratic societies Public opinion Local knowledge moral and social inquiry perfectionism democracy Post truth science fake news philosophy Post fact science post truth philosophy post fact philosophy science philosophy society science philosophy democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierluigi Barrotta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civilizations and Forms of KnowledgeUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74938-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74937-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74938-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9120
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9139
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