Science, Democracy, and the American University

Science, Democracy, and the American University

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qThis book fundamentally reinterprets the rise of the natural and social sciences as sources of political authority in modern America. Andrew Jewett demonstrates the remarkable persistence of a belief that the scientific enterprise carried with it a set of ethical resources capable of grounding a democratic culture - a political function widely assigned to religion. The book traces the shifting formulations of this belief from the creation of the research universities in the Civil War era to the early Cold War, tracking hundreds of leading scholars who challenged technocratic modes of governance rooted in a strictly value-neutral image of science. Many of these figures favored a deliberative model of democracy, defined by a vigorous process of public deliberation rather than rationalized administration or interest-group bargaining. This vision generated surprisingly nuanced portraits of science in the years before the military-industrial complexq--... to define its less Victorian a€” and less Deweyan a€” tone. Although the hard- boiled Conant disliked much of Sartona#39;s program, they both saw the history of science as central to a modern curriculum. Harvard initiated a PhD program in historyanbsp;...

Title:Science, Democracy, and the American University
Author:Andrew Jewett
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2012-10-29


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