Rethinking the Conceptual Space for Science in Society after the VFI

Philosophy of Science (2023)
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Replacing the value-free ideal (VFI) for science requires attention to the broader understanding of how science in society should function. In public spaces, science needed to project the VFI in norms for science advising, science education, and science communication. This resulted in the independent science advisor model and a focus on science literacy for science education and communication. Attending to these broader implications of the VFI which structure science and society relationships is crucial if we are to properly replace the VFI with a better ideal.

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Heather Douglas
Michigan State University
T.Y. Branch
Universit├Ąt Hannover


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