Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science

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Overview

"Explores the relationships between science and other societal sectors, notably law, religion, government and public culture, in terms of the concepts of expert and moral authority"--Provided by publisher.

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“Theodore Brown is the ultimate academic all-rounder.”

—Steve Fuller, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“A very rewarding analysis of the status of science in modern times. . . . Highly recommended.”

—J. W. Dauben, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271035352
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore L. Brown is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Founding Director Emeritus of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. From 1980 to 1986, he served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School there. He is co-author of the best-selling chemistry textbook Chemistry: The Central Science, now in its eleventh edition from Prentice Hall. Besides his scientific research publications, he is also the author of a previous study in the philosophy of science titled Making Truth: Metaphors in Science (2003) as well as Bridging Divides: The Origins of the Beckman Institute at Illinois (2009).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Foundations

1 Authority and Autonomy 19

2 Historical Origins of Scientific Authority 38

3 American Science 67

4 Scientific Authority in Contemporary Society 93

II Science in Society

5 Science and the Courts 125

6 Science and Religion 166

7 Science and Government 208

8 Science and the Public 244

9 The Prospects for Scientific Authority 270

References 295

Index 317

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