Science studies goes public: a report on an ongoing performance
Fuller, Steve, 1959-. (2008) Science studies goes public: a report on an ongoing performance. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, Vol.2 (No.1). pp. 11-21. ISSN 1913-0465
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I believe that tenured historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science—when presented with the opportunity—have a professional obligation to get involved in public controversies over what should count as science. I stress ‘tenured’ because the involved academics need to be materially protected from the consequences of their involvement, given the amount of misrepresentation and abuse that is likely to follow, whatever position they take. Indeed, the institution of academic tenure justifies itself most clearly in such heat-seeking situations, where one may appear to offer a reasoned defense for views that many consider indefensible. To be sure, the opportunities for involvement will vary in kind and number, but I believe that we are obliged to embrace them. In the specific case of ‘demarcation’ questions of what counts as science, the people who possess the sort of general and comparative knowledge most relevant for adducing this matter are historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science—not professional scientists unschooled in these areas...
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > Q Science (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Science -- Philosophy, Evolution (biology), Creationism|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science|
|Publisher:||University of Toronto|
|Page Range:||pp. 11-21|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Written as a response to: James, C. (2008). Evolution an conservative Christianity: how philosophy of science pedagogy can begin to conversation. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 2(1), pp.185.|
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