Roles for Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science in Environmental Policy

  • Kevin C. Elliott


In recent years, philosophers of science have taken renewed interest in pursuing scholarship that is “socially engaged.” As a result, this scholarship has become increasingly relevant to public policy. In order to illustrate the ways in which the philosophy of science can inform public policy, this chapter focuses specifically on environmental research and policy. It shows how philosophy can assist with environmental policy making in three ways: (1) clarifying the roles of values in policy-relevant science; (2) addressing scientific dissent, especially in response to “hot-button” policy issues; and (3) responding thoughtfully to scientific uncertainty.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin C. Elliott
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  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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