In Science, Truth and Democracy and Science in a Democratic Society, Philip Kitcher proposed a model of “well-ordered science”. Through the development of a philosophical ideal, Kitcher’s well-ordered science aims to consolidate the requirements of both democracy and scientific practice. This paper is an attempt to follow this ideal model in a more empirical perspective: how far can we use such a theory in the realms of scientific policy and institutional frameworks? The focus is put on a case study of a public debate on nanotechnology which took place in France.En Science, Truth and Democracy y Science in a Democratic Society, Philip Kitcher propuso un modelo de “ciencia bien ordenada”. A través del desarrollo de un ideal filosófico, la ciencia bien ordenada de Kitcher tiene como objetivo consolidar los requisitos de la democracia, así como de la práctica científica. El presente artículo trata de seguir este modelo ideal desde una perspectiva más empírica: ¿Hasta qué punto podemos aplicar dicha teoría en el plano de la política científica y de los marcos institucionales? El enfoque se centra en un estudio de caso de un debate público sobre nanotecnología que tuvo lugar en Francia.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Philosophy of Science
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