Science and Values (Paperback)

The Aims of Science and Their Role in Scientific Debate (Pittsburgh Series in Philosophy and History of Science #3)

By Larry Laudan

University of California Press, 9780520057432, 160pp.

Publication Date: January 16, 1986

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Laudan constructs a fresh approach to a longtime problem for the philosopher of science: how to explain the simultaneous and widespread presence of both agreement and disagreement in science. Laudan critiques the logical empiricists and the post-positivists as he stresses the need for centrality and values and the interdependence of values, methods, and facts as prerequisites to solving the problems of consensus and dissent in science.