Values and Objectivity in Science: The Current Controversy about Transgenic Crops

Values and Objectivity in Science: The Current Controversy about Transgenic Crops

by Hugh Lacey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739110454

ISBN-13: 9780739110454

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Lexington Books

Values and Objectivity in Science illuminates many of the ethical issues that arise concerning scientific practices and applications, offering an account of how social and ethical values play important roles within science. Hugh Lacey develops and clarifies his previous analysis by arguing for the importance of research being conducted under a plurality of

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Values and Objectivity in Science illuminates many of the ethical issues that arise concerning scientific practices and applications, offering an account of how social and ethical values play important roles within science. Hugh Lacey develops and clarifies his previous analysis by arguing for the importance of research being conducted under a plurality of strategies, contrasting "materialist strategies" with "agro-ecological strategies." By displaying the structure of current ethical controversies about the legitimacy of planting transgenic crops, this book illustrates that sound thinking on such issues must be grounded on an adequate philosophy of science, one that can clearly distinguish between the proper and the distorting roles of values in scientific practices. This book will prove useful for science students and practitioners as well as those interested in the growing ethical questions involved in scientific practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739110454
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Interplay of Science and Values Chapter 3 How the Sciences Are and Are Not Value Free Chapter 4 Objectivity and Serving Human Well-Being Chapter 5 The Distinction Between Cognitive and Social Values Chapter 6 Incommensurability and "Multicultural Science" Chapter 7 The Social Location of Scientific Practices Part 8 Part II: Current Controversy About Transgenic Crops Chapter 9 The Controversy ABout Transgenics: Structure and Opposing Interests Chapter 10 Strategies for Research in Agricultural Science Chapter 11 Benefits of Using Transgenics Chapter 12 Environmental Risks of the Development and Use of Transgenics Chapter 13 Alternative ("Better") Forms of Farming Part 14 Prolegomenon to Empirical Investigation of Future Social Possibilities Chapter 15 The Socio-Cultural Location of Alternatives to Transgenics

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