The Prospects for Philosophy of Science in the Twenty-First Century
This chapter takes up the fundamental questions that remain regarding the political approach’s ideal of socially responsible science. In particular, how can the ideal of socially responsible science be spelled out so that it is at once 1) comprehensive enough to apply to all scientific fields and practitioners, but also 2) specific enough and perspicuous enough to be capable of yielding the desired concrete results, and 3) warranted enough to command the respect and adherence of scientists from different cultures, religious traditions, and economic and political systems and levels of development? Moreover, 4) what role might philosophers of science play in such a venture? The upshot is a new, more comprehensive understanding of scientific rationality, one that integrates the ethical with the epistemic, and a new, more socially valuable role for philosophers of science.
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