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Who rules in science? : an opinionated guide to the wars / James Robert Brown
Bib ID 3026136
Format BookBook
Author
Brown, James Robert
 
Description Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001 
xi, 236 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0674006526 (alkaline paper)
Summary

"What if something as seemingly academic as the so-called science wars were to determine how we live?" "This book reveals how little we've understood about the ongoing pitched battles between the sciences and the humanities - and how much may be at stake. James Robert Brown's starting point is C. P. Snow's famous book, Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, which set the terms for the current debates. But that book did much more than identify two new, opposing cultures, Brown contends: It also claimed that scientists are better qualified than nonscientists to solve political and social problems. In short, the true significance of Snow's treatise was its focus on the question of who should rule - a question that remains vexing, pressing, and politically explosive today.".

"In Who Rules in Science? Brown takes us through the various engagements in the science wars - from the infamous "Sokal affair" to angry confrontations over the nature of evidence, the possibility of objectivity, and the methods of science - to show how the contested terrain may be scientific, but the prize is political: Whoever wins the science wars will have an unprecedented influence on how we are governed."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Scenes from the Science Wars
  • 2. The Scientific Experience
  • 3. How We Got to Where We Are
  • 4. The Nihilist Wing of Social Constructivism
  • 5. Three Key Terms
  • 6. The Naturalist Wing of Social Constructivism
  • 7. The Role of Reason
  • 8. The Democratization of Science
  • 9. Science with a Social Agenda.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-229) and indexes.

Subjects Science -- Social aspects.  |  Science and state.

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