HOW IS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE POSSIBLE?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Kak vozmozhna politicheskaja filosofija nauki?
Author(s): 
Ilia Kasavin
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 3 (Vol. 45)
Pages: 
5-15
Abstract: 

The article is dedicated to the analysis of new agenda in the philosophy of science and technology that might be dubbed a “political turn”. It consists in the problematizing science from the point of its cognitive autonomy; independence from history and culture; ethnic, gender and confession neutrality; disinterest in property and power. There are those concepts emerge like “science economy”, “academical capitalism”, “techno-science”, “pop-science”, “science as public good”, “fraud science” that reflect the changing social status of science. The main argument confronts modernity and postmodernity, which in Russian tradition takes form of contrasting the classical world view with the non-classical one. Nowadays science can hardly be studied disregarding its locus within the political system. The means of internal and external science management gain prior significance. All this dramatically transforms the very disciplinary core of science. In the article, the presuppositions and consequences of the political turn are traced and problematized. 

Keywords: 
Philosophy of science and technology, political turn, academical capitalism, public intellectuals, techno-science, pop-science, science as public good, science economy, cognitive democracy
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DOI: 
10.5840/eps201545368
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