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Playing Politics with ScienceBalancing Scientific Independence and Government Oversight$
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David B. Resnik

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375893.001.0001

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Philosophical Foundations

Philosophical Foundations

(p.19) 2 Philosophical Foundations
Playing Politics with Science

David B. Resnik (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops an account of the nature of science. It argues that science is useful (and valuable) because it is generally reliable and because it aspires to the goal of objectivity; it also explains why science is generally reliable and why it is important for scientists to strive for objectivity. The chapter discusses some limitations on scientific objectivity and describes science's epistemological and ethical methods. Science's methods hold the key to the value of science because methodology promotes reliability and objectivity. One implication of this view is that social, political, economic, or other circumstances that interfere with the practice and methods of science can undermine the usefulness of science.

Keywords:   science, reliability, objectivity, methodology, usefulness

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