Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

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Peter Machamer, Marcello Pera, Aristides Baltas
Oxford University Press, Apr 20, 2000 - Science - 288 pages
Traditionally it has been thought that scientific controversies can always be resolved on the basis of empirical data. Recently, however, social constructionists have claimed that the outcome of scientific debates is strongly influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetorical prowess and professional clout of the participants. This volume of previously unpublished essays by well-known philosophers of science presents historical studies and philosophical analyses that undermine the plausibility of an extreme social constructionist perspective while also indicating the need for a richer and more realistic account of scientific rationality.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
3
The Structure of Scientific Controversies
19
Historical and Contemporary Reflections on Controversies
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