The Progressivist Instrumentalization of Science

Without taking a stance on the central theses of postmodernism, this much is possible: those who seek to make science into a progressive handmaiden will one day rue the day that they instrumentalized it in the first place. Science is best when it’s left alone and allowed to speak for herself. There is value, yes, to beginning with a bias and attempting to prove it or disprove it…we know that this can also lead to good science (and what fool wants to argue in favor of a truly unbiased method?). But when we already know how we will seek to use our findings we are starting off with a flawed methodology.

By my lights, then, this gets both postmodernism and science wrong.


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