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Real science : what it is, and what it means

Author: J M Ziman
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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"Scientists and 'anti-scientists' alike need a more realistic image of science. The traditional mode of research, academic science, is not just a 'method': it is a distinctive culture, whose members win esteem and employment by making public their findings. Fierce competition for credibility is strictly regulated by established practices such as peer review. Highly specialized international communities of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J M Ziman
ISBN: 052177229X 9780521772297
OCLC Number: 41834678
Description: xii, 399 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A peculiar institution --
Basically, it's purely academic --
Adademic science --
New modes of knowledge production --
Community and communication --
Universalism and unification --
Disinterestedness and objectivity --
Originality and novelty --
Scepticism and the growth of knowledge --
What, then, can we believe?
Responsibility: John Ziman.
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"Scientists and 'anti-scientists' alike need a more realistic image of science. The traditional mode of research, academic science, is not just a 'method': it is a distinctive culture, whose members win esteem and employment by making public their findings. Fierce competition for credibility is strictly regulated by established practices such as peer review. Highly specialized international communities of independent experts form spontaneously and generate the type of knowledge we call 'scientific' - systematic, theoretical, empirically tested, quantitative, and so on. Ziman shows that these familiar 'philosophical' features of scientific knowledge are inseparable from the ordinary cognitive capabilities and peculiar social relationships of its producers. This wide angled close-up of the natural and human sciences recognizes their unique value, whilst revealing the limits of their rationality, reliability and universal applicability. It also shows how, for better or worse, the new 'post-academic' research culture of teamwork, accountability, etc. is changing these supposedly eternal philosophical characteristics."--Jacket.

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