The Politics of Western Science 1640-1990

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Overview

Science has never been conducted with quite the cold objectivity of popular imagination. On the contrary, as the authors in The Politics of Western Science set out to show, science has always been carried out within a relationship which maintains a dialogue with the political issues of its particular time.

The collection provides an overview for the nonspecialist showing just how political choices have influenced scientific ideas and their uses, and the ways in which national styles of science, as well as beliefs and ideologies, have shaped the contours of science over three hundred years.

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On the influence of politics upon the practice and dissemination of science. First published as Social Research, v.59, no.3, Fall 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573924054
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Science and Politics in the Late Twentieth Century 1
The Political Economy of Science in Seventeenth-Century England 19
Science, Tocqueville, and the State: The Organization of Knowledge in Modern France 47
After the Neutrality Ideal: Science, Politics, and "Strong Objectivity" 81
Soviet Scientists and the State: Politics, Ideology, and Fundamental Research from Stalin to Gorbachev 103
What We Now Know About Nazism and Science 129
Heisenberg, German Science, and the Third Reich 157
Eugenic Anxieties, Social Realities, and Political Choices 177
Science and Politics in Cold War America 199
Note on Contributors 234
Index 235
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