A Weberian Approach to the Ethos of Science

Teorie Vědy / Theory of Science 38 (1):113-128 (2016)
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Robert Merton judged his ethos of science as "a limited introduction to a larger problem" in his seminal article. Despite this caution, the ethos has been interpreted, used and criticized as a self-consistent normative structure. As such, critics consider the ethos of science too rudimentary, obsolete or ideological. To overcome these critics, some supporters of the concept propose to revisit or to reconstruct it. This essay is an attempt to satisfy critics and supporters while respecting Merton's legacy. For that purpose, we consider a Weberian paradigm to expand this "limited introduction".
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