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Science, Truth, and Democracy

Philip Kitcher

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145830
eISBN:
9780199833344
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145836.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

What should be the goal of science in a democratic society? Some say, to attain the truth; others deny the possibility (or even the intelligibility) of truth‐seeking. Science, Truth, and Democracy ... More


Scientific Knowledge

Philip Kitcher

in The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195130058
eISBN:
9780199833481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130057.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In “Scientific Knowledge,” Philip Kitcher challenges arguments that deny the truth of the theoretical claims of science, and he attempts to discover reasons for endorsing the truth of such claims. He ... More


Scientific Significance

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145830
eISBN:
9780199833344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145836.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Truth is one goal for the sciences. But the whole truth cannot be our goal. Hence there is an issue about which truths we aim for in inquiry. This chapter argues that any way of resolving that issue ... More


The World as We Find It

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145830
eISBN:
9780199833344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145836.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Provides a defence of a modest realism, arguing for the possibility that we can accurately represent some features of the world around us.


A Sinified Cybernetics of Population

Susan Greenhalgh

in Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253384
eISBN:
9780520941267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253384.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses Song Jian, a top control theorist who tried to solve the population problem in China. It shows Song's rise during the Mao years and the various factors that helped him along ... More


Pragmatism and Realistic Socio-legal Studies

Brian Z. Tamanaha

in Realistic Socio-Legal Theory: Pragmatism and a Social Theory of Law

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198298250
eISBN:
9780191685392
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298250.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter focuses on the important role of pragmatism in the field of socio-legal studies. Pragmatism as compared to postmodernism focuses on the search for the truth without being too sceptical ... More


Ground Truth

Gary Alan Fine

in Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226249520
eISBN:
9780226249544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This chapter analyzes the organizational problem of scientific truth, tied again to the dynamics of group culture. The creation of models of truth has been emphasized in science studies, notably in ... More


The Trial against Disinformation

Noelle Molé Liston

in The Truth Society: Science, Disinformation, and Politics in Berlusconi's Italy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750786
eISBN:
9781501750816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750786.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers the trial and subsequent conviction of scientists following the April 2009 earthquake in the city of L'Aquila. It talks about members of the National Commission for the ... More


From Bioethics to Human Practices, or Assembling Contemporary Equipment

Paul Rabinow and Gaymon Bennett

in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042499
eISBN:
9780262271127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.003.0022
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter rejects all attempts to purify overlapping notions of science, ethics, and human dignity, and argues that definitions of scientific truth and notions of the human have always constructed ... More


Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience

Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042499
eISBN:
9780262271127
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Popular culture in this “biological century” seems to feed on proliferating fears, anxieties, and hopes around the life sciences at a time when such basic concepts as scientific truth, race and ... More


Quantum Understanding

Alireza Doostdar

in The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780691163772
eISBN:
9781400889785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter narrates a woman's spiritual journey that set the stage for her embrace of Cosmic Mysticism. The woman, Arezu Khanum, experienced two dramatic visions that had been crucial in forming ... More


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