Science & Education 18 (2):177-189 (2009)

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Scott Edgar
Saint Mary's University
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This paper considers George A. Reisch’s account of the role of Cold War political forces in shaping the apolitical stance that came to dominate philosophy of science in the late 1940s and 1950s. It argues that at least as early as the 1930s, Logical Empiricists such as Rudolf Carnap already held that philosophy of science could not properly have political aims, and further suggests that political forces alone cannot explain this view’s rise to dominance during the Cold War, since political forces cannot explain why a philosophy of science with liberal democratic, anti-communist aims did not flourish. The paper then argues that if professionalization is understood in the right way, it might point toward an explanation of the apolitical stance of Cold War philosophy of science.
Keywords Logical Empiricism  Rudolf Carnap  George Reisch  Cold War  Professionalization
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DOI 10.1007/s11191-007-9102-x
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