The Governance of "Well-Ordered Science", from Ideal Conversation to Public Debate

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 28, Issue: 2, Page: 245-256

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Gaillard, Maxence
UPV/EHU Press; Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
Arts and Humanities
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In Science, Truth and Democracy (2001) and Science in a Democratic Society (2011a), Philip Kitcher proposed a model of "well-ordered science". Through the development of a philosophical ideal, Kitcher5s well-ordered science aims to consolidate the requirements of both democracy and scientific practice. This paper is an attempt to follow this ideal model in a more empirical perspective: how far can we use such a theory in the realms of scientific policy and institutional frameworks? The focus is put on a case study of a public debate on nanotechnology which took place in France.