Big Science, scientific cosmopolitanism, and the duty of justice

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For very long time since the time of Roosevelt, science policy has been based on what is often referred to as a ‘linear model’, whereby the assumption was that national governments could invest into science and innovation, and the scientific outcomes would eventually cascade down linearly onto society and foster societal progress. Clearly the pitfalls of such irenic picture became evident during WWII and the Cold War years. What is needed is a way of bridging the gap between scientific and technological innovations on the one hand, and societal progress on the other hand. This often means rethinking how large-scale scientific investments may offer ways of redistributing scientific knowledge and its benefits, well beyond the traditional cascade-down model of science policy, or some kind of principle of charity or philanthropy. In this paper, I sketch a version of what I shall refer to as ‘scientific cosmopolitanism’ that I see apt in delivering on this challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBig Science in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationEconomic and societal impacts
EditorsPanagiotis Charitos, Theodore Arabatzis, Harry Cliff, Günther Dissertori , Juliette Forneris , Jason Li-Ying
PublisherIOP Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9780750336314, 9780750336307
ISBN (Print)9780750336291
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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