Science and the Common Good: Thoughts on Philip Kitcher’s Science, Truth, and Democracy

  title={Science and the Common Good: Thoughts on Philip Kitcher’s Science, Truth, and Democracy},
  author={Helen E. Longino},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={560 - 568}
  • H. Longino
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Education
  • Philosophy of Science
In Science, Truth, and Democracy, Philip Kitcher develops the notion of well‐ordered science: scientific inquiry whose research agenda and applications (but not methods) are subject to public control guided by democratic deliberation. Kitcher’s primary departure from his earlier views involves rejecting the idea that there is any single standard of scientific significance. The context‐dependence of scientific significance opens up many normative issues to philosophical investigation and to… 

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