Noretta Koertge (ed.)
Oup Usa (2005)
AbstractThere has been much debate recently about the relationship between science and politics. This volume of essays takes an affirming, positive view of the relationship between the values embodied in science and the nature of civil society. The contributors - who include philosophers, political scientists, feminist theorists, physicists and engineers - argue that science can broadly inspire the civic virtues of an educated and tolerant global enterprise dedicated to the common good.
Recent works in the history and philosophy of science have explored anew the possible connection between science and ethics. 1 They follow a well-established tradition that has dogged modern science since David Hume questioned whether a moral claim (ie, an ''ought'') might be derived from a factual claim (ie, an ''is''). In the post-Darwin period, as biologists wrestled with explanations for evolution, evo-lutionary ethics became a major issue for promoters of species descent. TH Huxley and Herbert .. [REVIEW]Frederick B. Churchill
The Wedge of Intelligent Design: Retrograde Science, Schooling, and Society.Barbara Forrest & Paul R. Gross
George Levine, a sympathetic and critical commentator on science, once asked,''What if important scientific discoveries were often made because the scientist wanted something to be true rather than because he or she had evidence to prove it true?''(Levine 1987, 13). In this chapter I tell the story of Emil Konopinski, who in the 1930s was a coauthor of an alternative to Fermi's theory of β decay. Although his theory initially seemed to be supported by the existing experimental evidence, further work .. [REVIEW]Allan Franklin
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