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Cogent Science in ContextThe Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas$
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William Rehg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182713

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182713.001.0001

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Critical Science Studies and the Good Society

Critical Science Studies and the Good Society

(p.269) 9 Critical Science Studies and the Good Society
Cogent Science in Context

William Rehg

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This chapter revisits all the previous chapters of the book and explains the “prescriptive character of critical contextualism in relation to substantive critical assessment.” Three types of controversies posing challenges for contextualist analysis—interdisciplinary scientific controversies, science-intensive policy debates, and exchanges between atheistic champions of evolutionary biology and Christian believers—are also discussed. Several important questions about the relation of scientific arguments to discursive contexts outside the sciences have been raised in two case studies discussed in previous chapters of the book. This chapter emphasizes that the answers to certain scientific questions depend on how one views the “good society.”

Keywords:   critical contextualism, critical assessment, contextualist analysis, evolutionary biology, Christians, scientific argumentation

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