The Man of Professional Wisdom

  • Kathryn Pyne Addelson
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 161)


Most of us are introduced to scientific knowledge by our schoolteachers, in classrooms and laboratories, using textbooks and lab manuals as guides. As beginners, we believe that the goal of science is “the growth of knowledge through new scientific discoveries.”1 We believe that the methods of science are the most rational that human kind has devised for investigating the world and that (practiced properly) they yield objective knowledge. It seems to us that because there is only one reality, there can be only one real truth, and that science describes those facts. Our teachers and our texts affirm this authority of scientific specialists.


Scientific Understanding Scientific Specialist Social Arrangement Chief Investigator Scientific Profession 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn Pyne Addelson
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  1. 1.Smith CollegeUSA

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