David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Science and Engineering Ethics 6 (4):499-508 (2000)
The prestige of science, derived from its claims to certainty, has adversely affected the humanities. There is, in fact, a “politics of certainty”. Our ability to predict events in a limited sphere has been idealized, engendering dangerous illusions about our power to control nature and eliminate time. In addition, the perception and propagation of science as a bearer of certainty has served to legitimate harmful forms of social, sexual, and political power. Yet, as Ilya Prigogine has argued, renewed attention to the irreducible reality of time has brought us to “the end of certainty”. As we enter the age of uncertainty, there is disagreement about how science should be understood and communicated. Some scientists cling to the ideal of certainty, while others emphasize the creative potential of spontaneity, novelty, and surprise.
|Keywords||science humanities certainty spontaneity novelty time|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Professor Jinnie M. Garreu & Stephanie J. Bird (2000). Ethical Issues in Communicating Science. Science and Engineering Ethics 6 (4):435-442.
Amélie Perron (2013). Nursing as 'Disobedient' Practice: Care of the Nurse's Self, Parrhesia, and the Dismantling of a Baseless Paradox. Nursing Philosophy 14 (3):154-167.
Similar books and articles
J. Z. Young (1951). Doubt And Certainty In Science. Clarendon Press.
Avrum Stroll (1994). Moore and Wittgenstein on Certainty. Oxford University Press.
Norman Malcolm (1988). Wittgenstein's Scepticism' in on Certainty. Inquiry 31 (3):277 – 293.
Elly Vintiadis (2006). Why Certainty is Not a Mansion. Journal of Philosophical Research 31:143-152.
Susan Elizabeth Schreiner (2010). Are You Alone Wise?: The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era. Oxford University Press.
Rod Bertolet (1987). Klein on Relative Certainty. Philosophy Research Archives 13:271-274.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads85 ( #22,741 of 1,696,589 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #144,274 of 1,696,589 )
How can I increase my downloads?