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The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited Hardcover – January 28, 2008


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“This is an important collection of essays, by some of the best people in the field, on the most important and timely issue of the relations between science and values.  These are issues that affect everyone.”
--Peter Machamer, University of Pittsburgh


“The early logical empiricists, the founders of modern philosophy of science, thought it impossible to arrive at a rational discourse about norms and values, and aimed at a value-free philosophy of science. In the meantime it has become clear that norms and values pervade the whole scientific enterprise from the beginning to the end. This splendid book that carefully confronts diverging views on this topic is a worthwhile introduction to the role and impact of epistemic and social values in science.”
--Gereon Wolters, University of Konstanz


“The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice takes the reader from the inside of philosophy to the outskirts of power. The discussion of epistemic and non-epistemic values prepares the ground. It leads to the question whether scientific knowledge needs to be more than merely correct-whether it ought to be socially robust as well. In the last part epistemic values are put under pressure by demands for economic benefit. Do these demands compromise or inspire the search for better knowledge? If only for the scope of this investigation, The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice is important reading for the philosophy of contemporary science.”
--Alfred Nordmann, University of Darmstadt, Germany

About the Author

Martin Carrier is professor of philosophy at Bielefeld University in Germany. 
Don Howard is professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Janet Kourany is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
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