Philosophy Today

Founded in 1957, Philosophy Today is a quarterly magazine published by DePaul University. The magazine has a circulation of over 1,000 readers and specializes in information on contemporary philosophy and philosophers. The Editor of the magazine is David W. Pellauer.

Articles from Vol. 48, 2004

From Frontier to Terrorism: Toward an Interdisciplinary Assessment of Science Education Policy Making
I'm proud of you. We are depending on you to develop the tools we need to lift the dark threat of terrorism for our nation-and for that matter, the world. All of us here today, whether we're scientists or engineers or elected officials, share a great...
Models in Panther Biology and Radiobiology: Philosophy of Science as Scientific Citizenship
In his autobiography, Francis Crick (1988, 50-51) tells how, as a beginning graduate student, he was regarded by Nobel Prize winner and Cavendish Professor Lawrence Bragg. Bragg thought Crick was "a nuisance who didn't get on with experiments . . . talked...
New Directions in the Philosophy of Science: Toward a Philosophy of Science Policy
The philosophy of science-the attempt to understand the fundamentals of one of the most significant of human activities-has traditionally treated itself as a branch of the field of epistemology. Justification for this delimitation has relied on two distinctions....
On the Autonomy of the Sciences
There are two quite different kinds of issues about the relations between the sciences, on the one hand, and values, on the other. From at least the nineteenth century on, scholars from a variety of disciplines have wondered whether increasing scientific...
Prolegomenon to a Future Humanities Policy
It would be folly to set up a program under which research in the natural sciences and medicine was expanded at the cost of the social sciences, humanities, and other studies so essential to national well-being.Vannevar Bush, Science-The Endless Frontier...
Relevant but Not Prescriptive? Science Policy Models within the Ipcc
Founded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is engaged in a unique scientific assessment process. Not only is the IPCC explicitly...
Research, Development, and Innovation in Extremadura: A Gnu/linex Case Study
For forty years information and communication technologies (ICT) together with the internet have been reshaping daily life. The criticisms of electronic luddites find it difficult to influence the fait acompli of ICT transformations. In the contemporary...
Science, Democracy, and Stem Cells
It is rarely a compliment to be accused of "politicizing science." But the term itself has at least two meanings-one negative and one positive: The first meaning involves distorting scientific facts or scientific evidence to promote one's own ideology...
Science in a Real-World Context: Constructing Knowledge through Recursive Learning
The experimental method is a most powerful means of the empirical sciences that combines the theory-based asking of questions with the readiness to register surprises. From the days of Galileo (1564-1642) and Francis Bacon (1561-1626) various models...
Science Policy for India: A Memo to the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
After retiring as chairman and research director of an Indian oil company in the mid1990s, the distinguished scientist Pranab Kumar Mukhopadhyay became a technical consultant for the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP). The IIP, one of India's premier...
Science Policy in Its Social Context
Public support of science is justified by three primary instrumental rationales: scientific advance is necessary to create new wealth; scientific advance is necessary to solve particular societal problems; and scientific advance provides the information...
Toward a Political Philosophy of Science
Science is commonly conceived as a system of propositions tested and justified through rigorous methods, that seeks to achieve epistemic values such as objectivity, coherence, precision, systematization, generalization, explanatory and predictive force....