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Peddling Science: An Essay Review of Science Bought and Sold: Essays in the Economics of Science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022

Abstract

Science Bought and Sold collects a large portion of the most relevant works on the ‘economics of scientific knowledge production,’ as well as other more recent and unpublished papers on the topic, and the long introductory essay by the editors is an illuminating guide to the field. In this critical notice, I argue that economic theorising about scientific research is providing a peaceful meeting point for many of the combatants in the ‘science wars,’ one from which both epistemic and political questions about science can be more rationally set forth.

Type
Review Article
Copyright
Copyright © The Philosophy of Science Association

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Footnotes

The author thanks the support of Spanish government MCYT's research projects BFF2002-04454-C10-01 (‘The culture of techno-science’) and BFF2002-03656 (‘Cognitive roots in the assessment of new information technologies’).

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