Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning
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Scientists, Democracy and Society

A Community of Inquirers

Authors: Barrotta, Pierluigi

  • Examines the relationships between science and democracy from an explicitly pragmatist perspective
  • Argues that scientists and laypeople form a single community of inquiry, which aims at the truth
  • Features many examples and case-studies
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About this book

This monograph examines the relationship between science and democracy. The author argues that there is no clear-cut division between science and the rest of society. Rather, scientists and laypeople form a single community of inquiry, which aims at the truth.

To defend his theory, the author shows that science and society are both heterogeneous and fragmented. They display variable and shifting alliances between components. He also explains how information flow between science and society is bi-directional through “transactional” processes. In other words, science and society mutually define themselves. The author also explains how science is both objective and laden with values.

Coverage includes a wide range of topics, such as: the ideal of value-free science, the is/ought divide, “thick terms” and the language of science, inductive risk, the dichotomy between pure science and applied science, constructivism and the philosophy of risk. It also looks at the concepts of truth and objectivity, the autonomy of science, moral and social inquiry, perfectionism and democracy, and the role of experts in democratic societies.

The style is philosophical, but the book features many examples and case-studies. It will appeal to philosophers of science, those in science and technology studies as well as interested general readers.

About the authors

Pierluigi Barrotta (b. 1958) is full Professor of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa. He has published in history and philosophy of science, the epistemology of economics and the social sciences, the epistemology of environmental sciences, and the dialectical rationality in science. He is currently carrying out research on the relationships between science and democracy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Hume’s ‘Law’ and the Ideal of Value-Free Science

    Pages 1-19

    Barrotta, Pierluigi

  • Concepts, Values, and Scientific Measurements

    Pages 21-47

    Barrotta, Pierluigi

  • Values and Inductive Risk

    Pages 49-82

    Barrotta, Pierluigi

  • Scientific Research and Truth

    Pages 83-106

    Barrotta, Pierluigi

  • Values, Transactional Relationships and the Autonomy of Science

    Pages 107-143

    Barrotta, Pierluigi

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Hardcover $99.99
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Softcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientists, Democracy and Society
Book Subtitle
A Community of Inquirers
Authors
Series Title
Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74938-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74938-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74937-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09109-5
Series ISSN
2214-9120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 199
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