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Biohumanities: Rethinking the relationship between biosciences, philosophy and history of science, and society

Karola, Stotz and Griffiths, Paul E. (2007) Biohumanities: Rethinking the relationship between biosciences, philosophy and history of science, and society. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    We argue that philosophical and historical research can constitute a ‘Biohumanities’ which deepens our understanding of biology itself; engages in constructive 'science criticism'; helps formulate new 'visions of biology'; and facilitates 'critical science communication'. We illustrate these ideas with two recent 'experimental philosophy' studies of the concept of the gene and of the concept of innateness conducted by ourselves and collaborators. We conclude that the complex and often troubled relations between science and society are critical to both parties, and argue that the philosophy and history of science can help to make this relationship work.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: science communication public understanding of science biohumanities social studies of science
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    General Issues > Ethical Issues
    Specific Sciences > Biology
    General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
    General Issues > Science Policy
    General Issues > Science Education
    Depositing User: Paul Edmund Griffiths
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3396
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3396

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