For my Project II I will be revamping an old philosophy paper into a substantive work I hope to publish in one of the many undergraduate journals of philosophy nationwide. While I had done some research for the initial paper, it is time for me to research for real, considering my aim is to turn this 8 page paper into about 20.
Thus far I have stumbled upon a variety of sources I think may help me. First, I decided to look more into what the genre conventions for undergraduate philosophy journals are. I looked to The Dualist, Stanford’s journal, as well as a few others. General knowledge gained from this research included typical page length, citation style, and other formatting normalities. After noting all of this, I decided to begin finding source material for the body of the paper itself.
My paper is going to be discussing Science, Truth, and Democracy by Philip Kitcher. In short, this book is a look into science and objectivity, proposing that moral and social values are in fact intrinsic to the sciences opposed to popular belief that science is completely value-free. Kitcher then proposes a notion of “Well-Ordered Science” (WOS) as he calls it, which is ultimately a model for scientists to follow so as to follow the best possible method of scientific inquiry. All of this sounds great, right? Well, there are some problems. Kitcher begins his book by disposing of the possibility of scientific unity and purity. He claims that there are no such things. However, his notion of WOS later depends on notions of scientific unity and purity, or so I will argue.
In order to successfully break-down Kitcher’s argument and formulate my own, I will need ample support from outside sources. While my brain has the basics worked out, I wouldn’t be opposed to some help. So, I found a few articles that present similar objections to Kitcher’s view, namely one by the well known philosopher of science Helen E. Longino. The article, “Science and the Common Good: Thoughts on Philip Kitcher’s Science, Truth, and Democracy,” presents possible problems in Kitcher’s view as well as praise for it. I found the article to be a great piece of literature that I hope can help me better hone my view and support it. If anyone is interested, I have attached it below, though it is fairly dense and requires some background knowledge in the subject, such as of Kitcher’s book, so I do not expect anyone to really read it. If you’d like to give it a skim, however, here it is!