The Governance of Science

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Fuller (sociology, U. of Warwick, UK) explores the institutions and ideologies surrounding the practice of science in the western world. Liberal, communitarian, and republican analyses of the proper activity of science are examined and the effects of the increasing hegemony over the scientific sphere by business and government are explored. Fuller argues for a republican ideal of science that places the realm back in universities disconnected from special interests. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335202348
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Issues in Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword ix
Introduction 1
Part 1 The political and material conditions of scientific inquiry 5
1 Science as the open society and its ideological deformations 7
Introduction: the artifice of science as the open society 7
Republicanism as the political philosophy of an open science 11
The elusive material basis of republicanism 15
The slippery slope from republicanism to liberalism 19
Research ethics as the liberal ideology of scientific governance 22
The cardinal republican strategy: shoring up the commons by taxing social inheritance 25
2 The role of scale in the scope of scientific governance 28
The ideal of the experimenting society 28
Hegel's revenge on the ideal 31
What would it mean for science to have outgrown knowledge as its aim? 34
The ungovernability of Big Democracy and Big Science: of Rousseau and Feyerabend 38
Inadequate philosophical solutions to the problems of Big Science 42
An inadequate educational solution: science literacy 45
Part 2 The university as a site for the governance of science 47
3 The historical interdependence of the university and knowledge production 49
The elusive social value of the university: can't live with it, can't live without it 49
In what sense might the university's grip on knowledge production be slipping? 51
Academia through the ages: from cloistered philosophers to besieged administrators 54
The Reformation and the Enlightenment as the original anti-university movements 58
4 Multiculturalism's challenge to academic integrity - or a tale of two churches 62
The modern salvaging of the university: the pre-history of multiculturalism 62
Multiculturalism's shattering of the university's Enlightenment legacy 65
What women's ways of knowing have to do with women - and other embarrassing issues for multiculturalists 69
5 The university as capitalism's final frontier - or the fading hope for Enlightenment in a complex world 75
The university's search for a republican identity: Enlightenment lost 75
Complexity as post-Enlightenment academic ideology 78
Science without vocation in the 'knowledge society' 81
'I am cited, therefore I am': the politics of recognition in the modern academy 85
Science's 'economy of scale' as the ideology of self-sacrifice 89
Evolutionism as the mask of decline in a complex world 92
Part 3 The secularization of science and a new deal for science policy 97
6 Sociology as both sanctifier and secularizer of science 99
Science: from subject to object of secularization 99
Remapping science's sacred space in contemporary America 102
Secularizing the legitimatory function of the history of science 108
Secularizaton as university policy: towards a new asceticism? 112
7 The road not taken: revisiting the original New Deal 117
The original rise and fall of New Deal science policy 117
Time for a renewed New Deal? The deskilling and casualization of academic labour 122
Economic competitiveness as the continuation of Cold War science policy by other means 127
8 Elements for a new constitution of science 131
Introduction: the two models of constitutionalism 131
Representing science: from trickle-down effects to workplace politics 132
Three strategies for democratizing science 135
A sample proposal for constituting science as a democratic polity 146
Conclusion: is there an unlimited right to be wrong? 151
References 156
Index 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Gutsy defence of open science

    This book is much more politically minded than Fuller's usual stuff and he says things that have needed to be said for a long time - namely, that organised enquiry is threatened by both the political correctness brigade and grant racketeers. There are some pretty wild positive proposals in here as well, which include enabling people to gamble on alternative research programmes as a way of raising public interest (and perhaps even support?) in science. Definitely worth a look, even if with arched eyebrow. Certainly much gutsier than run-of-the-mill science studies.

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