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The Virtues of Scientific Practice: MacIntyre, Virtue Ethics, and the Historiography of Science (2016)


“Practice” has become a ubiquitous term in the history of science, and yet historians have not always reflected on its philosophical import and in particular on its potential connections with ethics. This essay draws on the work of the virtue ethicist Alasdair MacIntyre to develop a theory of “communal practices” and explore how such an approach can inform the history of science, including allegations about the corruption of science by wealth or power, consideration of scientific ethics or “moral economies,” the role of values in science, the ethical distinctiveness (or not) of scientific vocations, and the relationship between history of science and the practice of science itself.

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Authors & Contributors
Raina, Dhruv
Shea, William R.
Izquierdo, A. Javier
Halleux, Robert J.
Mayer, Anna-K.
Larvor, Brendan
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Indian Journal of History of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Franco Angeli
History of science, as a discipline
Science and ethics
Science, general histories
Moral philosophy
Darwin, Charles Robert
Biot, Jean-Baptiste
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Butterfield, Herbert
Bailly, Jean Sylvain
MacIntyre, Alasdair C.
Time Periods
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
Early modern
Great Britain
United States
Cambridge University
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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