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Science, Truth, and Democracy$
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Philip Kitcher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145836.001.0001

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Well‐Ordered Science

Well‐Ordered Science

(p.117) Ten Well‐Ordered Science
Science, Truth, and Democracy

Philip Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

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The question is answered by introducing an ideal, the ideal of well‐ordered science In well‐ordered science the inquiries pursued are those that would have been selected by a well‐informed group of deliberators dedicated to working cooperatively with one another. Well‐ordered science is contrasted with vulgar democracy and with elitism. The chapter suggests various ways in which our current practice of the sciences falls short of the ideal.

Keywords:   collective good, democracy, elitism, inquiry, well‐ordered science

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