Is Science Value Free?: Values and Scientific Understanding

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Science - 285 pages
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Exploring the role of values in scientific inquiry, Hugh Lacey examines the nature and meaning of values, and looks at challenges to the view, posed by postmodernists, feminists, radical ecologists, Third-World advocates and religious fundamentalists, that science is value free. He also focuses on discussions of 'development', especially in Third World countries. This paperback edition includes a new preface.
 

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Contents

Introduction The idea that science is value free
1
Values
23
Cognitive values
45
Science as value free provisional theses
67
Scientific understanding
88
The control of nature
111
Kuhn scientific activity in different worlds
148
A grassroots empowerment approach
179
A feminist approach
200
Science as value free revised theses
224
Conclusion
255
Notes
261
Bibliography
274
Index
281
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Hugh Lacey is Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is also the co-author (with Barry Schwartz) of Behaviourism, Science and Human Nature.

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