Skip to content
Cart

Your Cart

×

You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Scientific Controversies
Case Studies in the Resolution and Closure of Disputes in Science and Technology

$160.00 (C)

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Arthur L. Caplan, Tom L. Beauchamp, Ernan McMullin, Everett Mendelsohn, Ronald N. Giere, Robert F. Rich, Garland E. Allen, Henry Frankel, Loren R. Graham, Allan Mazur, Dorothy Nelkin, Alasdair MacIntyre, Gerald E. Markle, James C. Petersen, Robert S. K. Young, Baruch A. Brody, Robert L. Schwartz, Ronald Bayer, Robert L. Spitzer, Irving Bieber, Gilbert S. Omenn, Marvin S. Legator, Taylor R. Durham, Mark MacCarthy, Spencer R. Weart, Cora Bagley Marrett, Douglas MacLean, Rae Goodell, Stephen E. Toulmin, Ruth Macklin.
View all contributors
  • Date Published: March 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521255653

$ 160.00 (C)
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • This collection of essays examines the ways in which disputes and controversies about the application of scientific knowledge are resolved. Four concrete examples of public controversy are considered in detail: the efficacy of Laetrile, the classification of homosexuality as a disease, the setting of safety standards in the workplace, and the utility of nuclear energy as a source of power. The essays in this volume show that debates about these cases are not confined to matters of empirical fact. Rather, as is seen with most scientific and technical controversies, they focus on and are structured by complex ethical, economic, and political interests. Drs. Engelhardt and Caplan have brought together a distinguished group of scholars from the sciences and humanities, who sketch a theory of scientific controversy and attempt to provide recommendations about the ways in which both scientists and the public ought to seek more informed resolutions of highly contentious issues in science and technology. Scientific Controversies is offered as a contribution to the better understanding of the roles of both science and nonscientific interests in disputes and controversies pertaining to science and technology.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1987
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521255653
    • length: 652 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.12kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., and Arthur L. Caplan
    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives:
    1. Ethical theory and the problem of closure Tom L. Beauchamp
    2. Scientific controversy and its termination Ernan McMullin
    3. The political anatomy of controversy in the sciences Everett Mendelsohn
    4. Controversies involving science and technology: a theoretical perspective Ronald N. Giere
    5. Politics, public policy-making, and the process of reaching closure Robert F. Rich
    6. The role of experts in scientific controversy Garland E. Allen
    7. The continental drift debate Henry Frankel
    8. How history and politics affect closure in biomedical discussions: the example of the Soviet Union Loren R. Graham
    9. Scientific disputes over policy Allan Mazur
    10. Controversies and the authority of science Dorothy Nelkin
    11. Post-Skinner and post-Freud: philosophical causes of scientific disagreements Alasdair MacIntyre
    Part II. Contemporary Case Studies:
    12. Resolution of the Laetrile controversy: past attempts and future prospects Gerald E. Markle and James C. Petersen
    13. Federal regulation of Laetrile Robert S. K. Young
    14. Quasi libertarianism and the Laetrile controversy Baruch A. Brody
    15. Judicial deflection of scientific questions: pushing the Laetrile controversy toward medical closure Robert L. Schwartz
    16. Politics, science, and the problem of psychiatric nomenclature: a case study of the American Psychiatric Association referendum on homosexuality Ronald Bayer
    17. The diagnostic status of homosexuality in DSM-III: a reformulation of the issues Robert L. Spitzer
    18. On arriving at the American Psychiatric Association decision on homosexuality Irving Bieber
    19. Values in the debate over workplace safety and health: the rancorous rhetoric about regulation Gilbert S. Omenn
    20. The successful experiment that failed Marvin S. Legator
    21. The power of efficiency: balancing benefits and costs in regulating occupational exposure to toxic substances Taylor R. Durham
    22. Closure in occupational safety and health: the benzene and cotton dust decisions Mark MacCarthy
    23. Nuclear fear: a history and an experiment Spencer R. Weart
    24. Closure and controversy: three mile island Cora Bagley Marrett
    25. Understanding the nuclear power controversy Douglas MacLean
    Part III. Controversy, Closure, and The Public:
    26. The role of the mass media in scientific controversy Rae Goodell
    27. The National Commission on Human Experimentation: procedures and outcomes Stephen E. Toulmin
    28. The forms and norms of closure Ruth Macklin
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.

    Arthur L. Caplan

    Contributors

    H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Arthur L. Caplan, Tom L. Beauchamp, Ernan McMullin, Everett Mendelsohn, Ronald N. Giere, Robert F. Rich, Garland E. Allen, Henry Frankel, Loren R. Graham, Allan Mazur, Dorothy Nelkin, Alasdair MacIntyre, Gerald E. Markle, James C. Petersen, Robert S. K. Young, Baruch A. Brody, Robert L. Schwartz, Ronald Bayer, Robert L. Spitzer, Irving Bieber, Gilbert S. Omenn, Marvin S. Legator, Taylor R. Durham, Mark MacCarthy, Spencer R. Weart, Cora Bagley Marrett, Douglas MacLean, Rae Goodell, Stephen E. Toulmin, Ruth Macklin.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×