Objectivity and Diversity

Sandra Harding, Objectivity and Diversity: Can anything intelligible come from the whirlwind of pandemic evidence and punditry currently bombarding us? Yes, answers Harding, who reassuringly explains how objective scientific results emerge from pluralistic, democratic practices. Science works best, she contends, by integrating diverse voices and perspectives, and actively focusing on problems of the disadvantaged. Racial and ethnic minorities, poor people, and seniors face the gravest medical threats from Covid-19. On top of this, women historically bear the burdens of caring for children, seniors, and convalescents. Science must accommodate these messy features of social life, but they don’t impede research; they inform and improve it. [recommended by Catherine Hundleby, University of Windsor]

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