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J D Bernal: philosophy, politics and the science of science

Sheehan, Helena (2007) J D Bernal: philosophy, politics and the science of science. Journal of Physics: Conference Series (57). pp. 29-39. ISSN 1742-6596

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Abstract

This paper is an examination of the philosophical and political legacy of John Desmond Bernal. It addresses the evidence of an emerging consensus on Bernal based on the recent biography of Bernal by Andrew Brown and the reviews it has received. It takes issue with this view of Bernal, which tends to be admiring of his scientific contribution, bemused by his sexuality, condescending to his philosophy and hostile to his politics. This article is a critical defence of his philosophical and political position.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:J D Bernal;
Subjects:Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:IOP Publishing
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/57/1/003
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:509
Deposited On:19 Jun 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:52

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