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Scientific Values and Civic Virtues$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195172256.001.0001

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Defending the Radical Center

Defending the Radical Center

(p.159) 10 Defending the Radical Center
Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Keith Parsons

Oxford University Press

Because science claims to offer objective knowledge that transcends sectarian bias, it stands in a “middle” position between extremist ideologies of both the left and the right. Contrary to the claims of feminist philosophers such as Sandra Harding, traditional ideals of scientific objectivity do not require rejection or radical revision. Contrary to the claims of neo-creationists Phillip Johnson and Alvin Plantinga, scientific objectivity is not compromised by its commitment to naturalism. By eschewing ideological bias in favor of broadly shared standards of objectivity, science provides an example of how diverse societies can pursue common aims.

Keywords:   Sandra Harding, Alvin Plantinga, Phillip Johnson, objectivity, naturalism

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