Finalization In Science: The Social Orientation Of Scientific Progress Wolf Schäfer

ISBN: 9789027715494

Published: September 30th 1983

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Finalization In Science: The Social Orientation Of Scientific Progress  by  Wolf Schäfer

Finalization In Science: The Social Orientation Of Scientific Progress by Wolf Schäfer
September 30th 1983 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9789027715494 | 4.32 Mb

These essays on Finalization in Science - The Social Orientation of Scientific Progress comprise a remarkable, problematic and controversial book. The authors propose a thesis about the social direction of scientific research which was the occasion of a lively and often bitter debate in Germany from 1976 to 1982. Their provocative thesis, briefly, is this: that modern science converges, historically, to the development of a number of closed theories, i.

e. stable and relatively completed sciences, no longer to be improved by small changes but only by major changes in an entire theoretical structure. Further: that at such a stage of mature theory, the formerly viable norm of intra-scientific autonomy may appropriately be replaced by the social direction of further scientific research (within such a mature field) for socially relevant or, we may bluntly say, task-oriented purposes.

This is nothing less than a theory for the planning and social directing of science, under certain specific conditions. Understandably, it raised the sharp objections that such an approach would subordinate scientific inquiry as a free and untrammeled search for truth to the dictates of social relevance and dominant interests, even possibly to dictation and control for particularistic social and political interests.



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