WHAT IS POSTNONCLASSICAL SCIENCE?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Chto takoe «postneklassicheskaya nauka»?
Author(s): 
Alexander Nikiforov
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 36)
Pages: 
59-64
Abstract: 

The term “postnonclassical science” was originally coined by Vyacheslav Stepin and has gained considerable popularity in Russian philosophy of science. It signifies the contemporary state in the development of science at which the cognitive objectives of scientific research (the search for truth) are substituted for ecnonomical and socio-political objectives. The author critically discusses this view of contemporary science and argues that contemporary science retains its generic character and its main goal is still acquisition of true and objective knowledge. The notion of postnonclassical science is argued only to reflect the spread of applied research which have started to play a domninant role in science since the end of the XXth century.

Keywords: 
Postnonclassical science, philosophy of science, Stepin, truth
References: 

Mamchur E.A. Obrazy nauki v sovremennoy kul'ture. Moscow, 2008.

Stepin V.S. Teoreticheskoe znanie. Moscow, 2000.

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