Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the Contradictions of Contemporary Culture

Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the Contradictions of Contemporary Culture

by Norman Levitt, N. Levitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813526523

ISBN-13: 9780813526522

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Norman Levitt examines the strained relations between science and contemporary society. For the most part, Levitt states, we idolize musicians and cheer on athletes, yet we view scientists with a mixture of awe and unease. One result of this uncertainty about scientific work is an ill-informed crusade to "democratize" science. It has become fashionable lately, Levitt…  See more details below

Overview

Norman Levitt examines the strained relations between science and contemporary society. For the most part, Levitt states, we idolize musicians and cheer on athletes, yet we view scientists with a mixture of awe and unease. One result of this uncertainty about scientific work is an ill-informed crusade to "democratize" science. It has become fashionable lately, Levitt states, for non-scientists to attempt to intervene in science policy, which often results in methodologically unsound decisions. The embrace of "alternative medicine" is a particularly ominous example. Levitt suggests that science, by virtue of its accuracy and reliability, deserves to be at the top of the hierarchy of knowledge, and that our social institutions ought to take this fact strongly into account.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813526522
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Rule of Opinion and the Fate of Ideas1
1Culture31
2Mathematics48
3Teleology62
4Credulity80
5Technology96
6Nature116
7Ethnicity140
8Education161
9Health191
10Law211
11Journalism231
12Plutocracy252
13Democracy269
14Authority296
Notes317
References375
Index401

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