Scientific practices and their social context

Dissertation, U. of Notre Dame (2012)
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My dissertation combines philosophy of science and political philosophy. Drawing directly on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and inspired by John Dewey, I develop two rival conceptions of scientific practice. I show that these rivals are closely linked to the two basic sides in the science and values debate -- the debate over the extent to which ethical and political values may legitimately influence scientific inquiry. Finally, I start to develop an account of justice that is sensitive to these legitimate and illegitimate influences.
Keywords General Philosophy of Science  Social and Political Philosophy  Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality  Science and values  Scientific practice  Feminist philosophy of science
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