Values And Objectivity In Science

Values And Objectivity In Science

by Hugh Lacey
     
 

Building on the arguments he made in the earlier Is Science Value Free? Values and Scientific Understanding (1994/2004), in which he advanced a theory of science that suggested that the materialist strategies pursued by scientific methodologies are not value free, Lacey (philosophy, Swarthmore College) applies his earlier insights to the controversy over theSee more details below

Overview

Building on the arguments he made in the earlier Is Science Value Free? Values and Scientific Understanding (1994/2004), in which he advanced a theory of science that suggested that the materialist strategies pursued by scientific methodologies are not value free, Lacey (philosophy, Swarthmore College) applies his earlier insights to the controversy over the use of transgenics. He evaluates the arguments for and against transgenics and argues for a "strategic pluralism" that would prioritize the strategic investigation of alternatives, such as agroecology in particular. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739111413
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/08/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1How the sciences are and are not value free17
2Objectivity and serving human well-being45
3The distinction between cognitive and social values59
4Incommensurability and "multicultural science"81
5The social location of scientific practices97
6The controversy about transgenics : structure and opposing interests125
7Strategies for research in agricultural science148
8Benefits of using transgenics165
9Environmental risks of the development and use of transgenics182
10Alternative ("better") forms of farming211
11The sociocultural location of alternatives to transgenics241

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