Ethical Problems of Imperfect Knowledge in the Policy Sciences (Этические Проблемы Несовершенного Знания в Политологии)

Public Administration Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 397-418

HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL THEORY AND POLICY SCIENCE, Edward M. Portis, Michael B. Levy, eds., pp. 157-176, Greenwood Press, 1988

Вестник московского университета Серия, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 74-89

22 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2011

Abstract

If anything constructive is to be done about the suffocation of ethical debate in policy science and the removal of issues that are properly political from the political domain, the nature of the problems has to be better understood. Policy advisers need theory. This means not only Social scientific theory but also ethical theory that addresses the kinds of problems raised in the present chapter. Many critics of positivistic social science have rightly drawn attention to some of these problems, but not many have come anywhere near to offering viable theoretical alternatives of their own. Although I do not pretend to have solved many of the problems raised here, I hope that! have succeeded in clarifying and reformulating some of them in ways that might make them more tractable and open to fruitful theoretical discussion.

Keywords: policy science, ethics, imperfect knowledge, fallibilism, positivistic social science, scientism

Suggested Citation

Eidlin, Fred, Ethical Problems of Imperfect Knowledge in the Policy Sciences (Этические Проблемы Несовершенного Знания в Политологии). HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL THEORY AND POLICY SCIENCE, Edward M. Portis, Michael B. Levy, eds., pp. 157-176, Greenwood Press, 1988; Вестник московского университета Серия, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 74-89. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965228

Fred Eidlin (Contact Author)

Charles University ( email )

U krize 8
Prague, 158 00
Czech Republic

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