Perspectives on Science 27 (2):153-170 (2019)

Metaphor is an essential part of scientific reasoning.1 The scientists that rely on metaphor, however, are not necessarily aware of its implicit influence, making it easy for the correspondences implied by a metaphor to be taken for granted, affecting scientific practice. In "Race and Gender: The Role of Analogy in Science," historian Nancy Leys Stepan's discussion of nineteenth century research on human difference highlights this particular worry, demonstrating a need for scientific communities to critically examine the use of metaphor in their practice. It is easy for metaphors "to become dogmatic and to be seen as literally true" because scientific discourse is closely associated with "objectivity and...
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