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Science, Truth, and Democracy

Philip Kitcher


What should be the goal of science in a democratic society? Some say, to attain the truth; others deny the possibility (or even the intelligibility) of truth‐seeking. Science, Truth, and Democracy attempts to provide a different answer. It is possible to make sense of the notion of truth, and to understand truth as correspondence to a mind‐independent world. Yet science could not hope to find the whole truth about that world. Scientific inquiry must necessarily be selective, focusing on the aspects of nature that are deemed most important. Yet how should that judgement be made? The book's answ ... More

Keywords: democracy, philosophy of science, scientific inquiry, scientific responsibility, scientific truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Kitcher, author
Columbia University
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