An Instinct for Truth: Curiosity and the Moral Character of Science


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An exploration of the scientific mindset-such character virtues as curiosity, veracity, attentiveness, and humility to evidence-and its importance for science, democracy, and human flourishing. Exemplary scientists have a characteristic way of viewing the world and their work: their mindset and methods all aim at discovering truths about nature. In An Instinct for Truth, Robert Pennock explores this scientific mindset and argues that what Charles Darwin called "an instinct for truth, knowledge, and discovery" has a tacit ...

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