The authors’ main concern is the role of science in society in a time when scientific values (which they describe in terms of science’s ‘formative aspirations,’ see below) are being eroded.
In this essay, I critically engage with three related aspects of the book: its general starting premise, the problem construction that follows from this and the solution the authors identify.

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Science as Culture

Book review of: Why Democracies Need Science, by H. Collins and R. Evans, Cambridge, UK & Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2017, 194 pp., ISBN 9781509509607

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Wehrens, R.L.E. (2018, November 21). Waves, Owls and Boundaries: How to Think About Science and Democracy in the ‘Post-Truth’-Era?. Science as Culture. doi:10.1080/09505431.2018.1538332