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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Finalization in Science

The Social Orientation of Scientific Progress

Authors: Schäfer, Wolf

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These essays on Finalization in Science - The Social Orientation of Scientific Progress comprise a remarkable, problematic and controversial book. The authors propose a thesis about the social direction of scientific research which was the occasion of a lively and often bitter debate in Germany from 1976 to 1982. Their provocative thesis, briefly, is this: that modern science converges, historically, to the development of a number of 'closed theories', i. e. stable and relatively completed sciences, no longer to be improved by small changes but only by major changes in an entire theoretical structure. Further: that at such a stage of 'mature theory', the formerly viable norm of intra-scientific autonomy may appropriately be replaced by the social direction' of further scientific research (within such a 'mature' field) for socially relevant or, we may bluntly say, 'task-oriented' purposes. This is nothing less than a theory for the planning and social directing of science, under certain specific conditions. Understandably, it raised the sharp objections that such an approach would subordinate scientific inquiry as a free and untrammeled search for truth to the dictates of social relevance and dominant interests, even possibly to dictation and control for particularistic social and political interests.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Finalization in Science
Book Subtitle
The Social Orientation of Scientific Progress
Authors
Translated by
Burgess, P.
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
77
Copyright
1983
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-7080-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-7080-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1549-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-009-7082-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 318
Additional Information
Originally published in German
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