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Science and Its Public: The Changing Relationship

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To STUDY the philosophy of science has always been a complex task, reaching to the methods and achievements of the sciences, to th... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

To STUDY the philosophy of science has always been a complex task, reaching to the methods and achievements of the sciences, to their histories and their contexts, and to their human implications. Sometimes favored by their social environment, sometimes dissenting from their Zeitgeist, the scientists have taken varying roles in the social spectrum, allied with differing interests, classes, powers, religions, evaluative outlooks. Philosophers should be interested as much in the changing social situations of science and of scientists as in the changing empirical findings and explanatory conceptions; recognition that rationality, experience, and inquiry have a history is no longer novel. Moreover the historical development of scientific perceptions of nature is linked-whether loosely or tightly--by the development of perceptions of science itself. Percep tions of science are located not only in the self-awareness of scientists but also in the critical awareness of their fellow human beings. No doubt some friends or critics are more articulate than others, but the context for science has not been bland or neutral. Plaything, weapon, savior, hireling, magician, devil, priest, the stereotypes of science and scientist are neither the simple result of plain ignorance nor the obvious reflection of some successes and some failures of the scientific enterprise. Public perceptions of science have great importance for understanding both the public in society and the sciences at the stage per ceived.

Inhalt

Faith, Utility, and the Legitimacy of Science.- The Monster and the Titan: Science, Knowledge and Gnosis.- Reflections of a Working Scientist.- On the Nature and Condition of Social Science.- On Being Caught Between Dionysians and Apollonians.- Agriculture, the Island Empire.- Money and Influence: The Links of Science to Public Policy.- The Precarious Life of Science in the White House.- Science Policy: Relationships are the Key.- New Laboratories for Old.- On Academic Scientists in Wilhelmian.- The Nineteenth-Century Amateur Tradition: The Case of the Boston Society of Natural History.- Creationism in California.- Science or Scripture: The Politics of "Equal Time".- I The Public Appreciationof Science in Contemporary America.- Science and the Mass Media.- Pop Science: The Depiction of Science in Popular Culture.- Notes on Contributors.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Science and Its Public: The Changing Relationship
Editor:
EAN: 9789027706577
ISBN: 9027706573
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 326
Gewicht: 655g
Größe: H241mm x B160mm x T22mm
Jahr: 1975
Auflage: 1975

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