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Governance Of Science : Issues in Society - Steve Fuller

Governance Of Science

Issues in Society

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780335202348
Number Of Pages: 192

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* What does social and political theory have to say about the role of science in society? * Do scientists and other professional enquirers have an unlimited 'right to be wrong'? * What are the implications of capitalism and multiculturalism for the future of the university? This ground-breaking text offers a fresh perspective on the governance of science from the standpoint of social and political theory. Science has often been seen as the only institution that embodies the elusive democratic ideal of the 'open society'. Yet, science remains an elite activity that commands much more public trust than understanding, even though science has become increasingly entangled with larger political and economic issues. Fuller proceeds by rejecting liberal and communitarian ideologies of science, in favour of a 'republican' approach centred on 'the right to be wrong'. He shows how the recent scaling up of scientific activity has undermined the republican ideal. The centrepiece of the book, a social history of the struggle to render the university a 'republic of science' focuses on the potential challenges posed by multiculturalism and capitalism. Finally, drawing on the science policy of the US New Deal, Fuller proposes nothing short of a new social contract for 'secularizing' science.

Series editor's foreword
The political and material conditions of scientific inquiry
Science as the open society and its ideological deformations
The role of scale in the scope of scientific governance/f002
The university as a site for the governance of science
The historical interdependence of the university and knowledge production
Multiculturalism's challenge to academic integrity, or a tale of two churches
The university as capitalism's final frontier, or the fading hope for enlightenment in a complex world/f002
The secularization of science and a new deal for science policy
Sociology as both sanctifier and secularizer of science
The road not takenrevisiting the original new deal
Elements for a new constitution of science
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ISBN: 9780335202348
ISBN-10: 0335202349
Series: Issues in Society
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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