Few people doubt the importance of the science for any individual or state to survive and thrive in today’s world. There is, however, considerable disagreement about how science education and scientific research should be justified and pursued. Sociologist Steve Fuller has noted that philosophers of science Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper have each expressed very influential opposing views on these matters. In my talk, I will explain both of their views in detail, but in brief, Popper argues that science should be driven by the public interest and should be accountable it whereas Kuhn suggests that science should be driven the concerns of the scientific community and should remain autonomous from the public. I argue, however, both accounts, despite their influential role in contemporary discourse on science and their appropriation of certain Judeo-Christian ideas, are fundamentally in tension with the understanding of science expressed by Judeo-Christian religions.
Andrew Domondon, Waseda University, Japan
Paper Information Conference: ACERP2018
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
Added on Monday, April 9th, 2018
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