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Cogent Science in Context: The Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas

William Rehg


Recent years have seen a series of intense, increasingly acrimonious debates over the status and legitimacy of the natural sciences. These “science wars” take place in the public arena—with current battles over evolution, and global warming—and in academia, where assumptions about scientific objectivity have been called into question. Given these hostilities, what makes a scientific claim merit our consideration? This book examines what makes scientific arguments cogent—that is, strong, convincing, and “logically compelling”—and how we should assess that cogency. Drawing on the tools of argume ... More

Keywords: evolution, global warming, scientific objectivity, argumentation theory, multidimensional framework, context-sensitive framework, interdisciplinary evaluation, Jürgen Habermas, high-energy physics, ethnography of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262182713
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Rehg, author