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Science and Moral Imagination: A New Ideal for Values in Science (Science, Values, and the Public) Hardcover – November 17, 2020

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“Matthew Brown advances the literature on science and values in a manner that will serve multiple audiences. For the scientific community, he provides an inspiring new ‘ideal of moral imagination.’ For philosophers, he draws on the work of John Dewey to develop a rich pragmatist account of values and value judgments. This is an accessible and creative book.”—Kevin Elliott, author of A Tapestry of Values: An Introduction to Values In Science

"Finally, a book that grapples in detail with the really hard, central questions concerning values and science—the nature, sources, kinds, and cognitive status of nonepistemic values, how they stack up against epistemic values, how conflicts among these nonepistemic values are to be resolved, and so on. Science and Moral Imagination will be a winner among students and professionals alike, from the sciences as well as science studies."—Janet Kourany, University of Notre Dame

“Citing the pervasiveness of choice and contingency throughout the research process, Brown cuts through misunderstandings to offer a welcome new account of values, one that suggests a new type of responsibility that is aimed at avoiding failures of moral imagination in scientific inquiry. Science and Moral Imagination provides a refreshingly pragmatic approach to the urgent question of how to manage values in science.”—Erik Fisher, Arizona State University

About the Author

Matthew J. Brown is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
  • Hardcover : 296 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0822946262
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822946267
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st Edition (November 17, 2020)
  • Language: : English

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