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Science and Ethics.
The Axiological Contexts of Science / a cura di Evandro Agazzi e Fabio Minazzi .-
Brussels : P. I. E. Peter Lang 2008
( Philosophy and Politics 14 )
296 p.;

ISBN : 978-90-5201-426-5



Introduction. Les contextes axiologique de la science, E. Agazzi, F. Minazzi   p. 9
Inaugural Lecture. Significance and Value of Peace for Contemporary World, Osca Luigi Scalfaro   p. 33

First section. Values in Science
Pourquoi une philosophie des sciences ne peut se réduire à une épistémologie des sciences, E. Agazzi   p. 59
Axiology of Scientific Activity. From a Formal Point of View, J. Echeverrìa Ezponda, A. Menéndez Viso   p. 67
The Axiological Dimension of Science, F. Minazzi   p. 83
Pluralism, Scientific Values, and the Value of Scienze, A. Cordero   p. 101
Values in Science, M. Artigas   p. 115

The Role of Cognitive Values in the Shaping of Scientific Rationality, J. Faye   p. 125
The Places of Values in Science, P. Weingartner   p. 141
Science and Technoscience. Values and their Measurement, R. Queraltó   p. 155

Second Section. Science, Ethics and Religion
Ethic in Face of Science and in Face of Research, H. Barreau   p. 169
Les valeurs éthiques dans les sciences médicales, P. Kemp   p. 177
Proof as an Ethical Procedure, V. A. Bazhanov   p. 185
The Vicious Circle Principle and the Biological Basis of Morals, C. Dilworth   p. 193
Creation Belief and Natural Science. A Systematic Theological Approach, O. H. Pesch   p. 213
Religion and Psychology of Values. “Universals” and Changes, V. Saroglou   p. 247
Evangelical Values and the Foundations of Science, J. Van Cangh   p. 273
Value and Truth in The Fathers. Is There a Patristic Axiology?, S. G. Hall   p. 287

Philosophy of science used to be identified with the logical and methodological analysis of scientific theories, and any allusion to values was considered as a deplorable intromission in a philosophical investigation that should remain strictly epistemological. As a reaction against this view, an opposite “sociological” approach downplayed the usual virtues of scientific knowledge (such as logical rigor and empirical adequacy) as artificial imageries that cover the actual nature of science, that is a social product submitted to all the kinds of social conditionings and compromises. A more balanced view is badly needed today, when technoscience is permeating all aspects of our civilization and wise persons understand that we cannot survive without using science and technology but at the same time we need to steer their development in view of the real benefit of humankind. We must investigate how science, technology and values are legitimately interconnected and, in particular, how the discourses of ethics, politics and religion can enter a fruitful dialogue with science. The essays presented in this volume offer a valuable contribution to this interdisciplinary study.

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