Science and Democracy

Controversies and conflicts

| University of Pisa
| University of Salento
ISBN 9789027200747 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027264046 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The relationship between science and democracy has become a much-debated issue. In recent years, we have even seen an exponential growth in literature on the subject. No doubt, the interest has partly been justified by the concern of public opinion over the technological repercussions of scientific research. Moreover, there are scientific theories that, if they were accepted, would allegedly imply the adoption of policies that have wide social consequences, as well as a rethinking of deeply-rooted habits on the part of the citizens. These considerations alone allow us to understand the reasons for the interest in the, at times troublesome, relationships between science and public opinion which characterize democratic societies.
[Controversies, 13]  2018.  viii, 198 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
About the contributors
Foreword: Like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants
Giovanni Scarafile
Introduction: The relationship between science and democracy: Harmonic and confrontational conceptions
Pierluigi Barrotta
Chapter 1. The dam project: Who are the experts?: A philosophical lesson from the Vajont disaster
Pierluigi Barrotta and Eleonora Montuschi
Chapter 2. Rational decisions in a disagreement with experts
István Danka
Chapter 3. Rethinking the notion of public: A pragmatist account
Roberto Gronda
Chapter 4. The expert you are (not): Citizens, experts and the limits of science communication
Selene Arfini and Tommaso Bertolotti
Chapter 5. Decisions without scientists?: Two case studies about GM plants and invasive acacia in Hungary
Anna Petschner
Chapter 6. Save the planet, win the election: A paradox of science and democracy, an Israeli perpetuum mobile and Donald Trump
Aviram Sariel
Chapter 7. Science and the source of legitimacy in democratic regimes
Oded Balaban
Chapter 8. The ethics of communication and the Terra Terra project
Giovanni Scarafile and Maria Elena Latino
Chapter 9. The political use of science: The historical case of Soviet cosmology
Mauro Stenico
Chapter 10. The dialectical legacy of epigenetics
Flavio D’abramo
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Barrotta, Pierluigi & Eleonora Montuschi
2018. Expertise, Relevance and Types of Knowledge. Social Epistemology 32:6  pp. 387 ff. Crossref logo
Cartwright, Nancy
2021. X—Why Trust Science? Reliability, Particularity and the Tangle of Science. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 120:3  pp. 237 ff. Crossref logo
Scarafile, Giovanni
2020.  In Controversies and Interdisciplinarity [Controversies, 16],  pp. 235 ff. Crossref logo

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Communication Studies


BIC Subject: HPS – Social & political philosophy
BISAC Subject: PHI019000 – PHILOSOPHY / Political
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