Debating Science: Deliberation, Values, and the Common Good (Paperback)

Deliberation, Values, and the Common Good

By Dane Scott (Editor), Blake Francis (Editor)

Humanity Books, 9781616144999, 277pp.

Publication Date: December 20, 2011



This anthology focuses on ethical deliberation and the larger moral context surrounding the controversies over scientific research and technical innovations.

About the Author

Dane Scott II, PhD, is director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program and associate professor of ethics, Department of Society and Conservation, College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana.

Blake Francis, MA, is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University.

Praise For Debating Science: Deliberation, Values, and the Common Good

"This is a terrific book, stimulating, provocative, enjoyable. I learned a huge amount about science and values, and how these sorts of things really matter in education and the marketplace. I recommend it strongly."
-MICHAEL RUSE, author of Defining Darwin

"Almost transcending its title, this collection lives up to its promise of ethical deliberation that is more productive than polarizing, adversarial debate. The range of topics is inclusive: disease and health, agriculture and food, biodiversity, science and policy, regulation, public funding of science, and science and economics. The contributors consider equity and efficiency in science, science and justice, advocacy, uncertainty, complexity, sustainability, climate change, genetically modified organisms, nanotechnology, and engineering. Always, the skillful authors argue with care—care about their arguments, care about their causes, and concern for fairness. Here we move past winning a zero-sum game, or accepting compromise, to creatively cooperating for a richer community."
-HOLMES ROLSTON III, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Colorado State University