The Promises Science Could Not Keep: Science and the Corrupting Influence of Neoliberal Capitalism

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2022-08-25
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In this thesis it will be argued that the neoliberal form of capitalism has had detrimental effects on the practice and quality of science. This will be done by first constructing a normative ideal of science, based largely on Merton’s four norms of science. In the second part this ideal will be compared to the current reality of science, to show where science under capitalism diverges from what we would want science to be. Lastly, an alternative to capitalist science will be proposed by reimagining science as a commons, a system under which the ideals of science will be more likely to thrive.
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Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen