A new “essential tension” for rationality and culture. What happens if politics tries to encounter science again
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Axiomathes 20 (1):129-143 (2010)
My intention is not to get into specific, detailed historical observation about the ways that led the term ‘democracy’ to take on its current meaning, in science as much as in politics, but rather to establish a comparison between the models that political science proposes and interprets as important for the existence of democracy and those that science illustrates as indicators of scientific knowledge constructed in a democratic form. The debate about the contemporary meaning of democracy has generated an extraordinary diversification of models of democracy: from technocratic conceptions of government to conceptions of social life that include widespread political participation. And it is exactly for this reason that the assumption of a specific point of view on the question we are dealing with inevitably brings with it the choice of a model suitable to describe democratic form as a form of politics without further explanation, that is, as a political system with which science measures itself as a cultural category. In this sense, we can consider the passage from the concept of democracy to that of politics and generally of science to be a peaceful one, since politics has been appointed with that set of behaviours and democratic practices (including science) that political culture demands for the social benefit. This demand can be met only on condition that structural obstacles are removed and new cultural and epistemological mediators are introduced.
|Keywords||Knowledge society Cultural models Cultural mediators Science policy Democracy Social policy Social change|
|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
Jürgen Habermas (1984). The Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 1, 'Reason and the Rationalization of Society'. Polity..
H. C. Plotkin (1994). Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge. Harvard University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Raphael Sassower (2005). Science and Culture. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):499-508.
Andreas Kalyvas (2008/2009). Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt. Cambridge University Press.
Joshua Cohen (2009). Philosophy, Politics, Democracy: Selected Essays. Harvard University Press.
Alan J. Mayne (1999). From Politics Past to Politics Future: An Integrated Analysis of Current and Emergent Paradigms. Praeger.
Ernest Barker (1937/1972). The Citizen's Choice. Freeport, N.Y.,Books for Libraries Press.
Hans Theodorus Blokland (2011). Pluralism, Democracy and Political Knowledge: Robert a Dahl and His Critics on Modern Politics. Ashgate.
Nasser Behnegar (2003). Leo Strauss, Max Weber, and the Scientific Study of Politics. University of Chicago Press.
Noëlle McAfee (2008). Democracy and the Political Unconscious. Columbia University Press.
Max Weber (1994). Weber: Political Writings. Cambridge University Press.
David Guston (1993). The Essential Tension in Science and Democracy. Social Epistemology 7 (1):3 – 23.
Added to index2009-10-03
Total downloads56 ( #39,887 of 1,696,172 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #92,256 of 1,696,172 )
How can I increase my downloads?