Science, truth and dictatorship: Wishful thinking or wishful speaking?
Studies in history and philosophy of science
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John, S. (2019). Science, truth and dictatorship: Wishful thinking or wishful speaking?. Studies in history and philosophy of science, 78 64-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.12.003
This paper argues for a novel way of addressing questions about the relationship between politics and science: in terms of norms of communication, rather than norms of cognition. The first half of the paper motivates this general shift through close study of the concept of "wishful speaking"; arguing that this vice - rather than the more familiar "wishful thinking" - better captures real-life cases, such as the Lysenko affair. The second half builds on the ethics of communication to develop an account of the proper role of non-epistemic values in justification in terms of "value-aptness".
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.12.003
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288506