Martin Carrier

Martin Carrier

dates de séjour

15/10/2011 - 31/01/2012






Université Bielefeld, Allemagne

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

The Commercialization and Politicization of Science

Two kinds of worries are associated with the politicization and the commercialization of science. These worries concern, first, the nature of the research agenda, and, second, the test and confirmation procedures in science. In both respects, moral as well as epistemological misgivings are brought to bear. Modes of problem selection are criticized on moral grounds by claiming that questions of short-term benefit are emphasized in politicized and commercialized research, while issues that are essential for large parts of humankind are neglected. In methodological respect, one of the relevant arguments is that the dominance of non-epistemic interests tends to induce superficiality and one-sidedness in the process of empirical scrutiny which undermine the high standards of confirmation traditionally associated with science. In the project, these two sorts of worries are intended to be pursued and their import on science assessed.



Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld University and Member of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT).


His chief area of work is the philosophy of science, in particular, historical changes in science and scientific method, theory-ladenness and empirical testability, intertheoretic relations and reductionism, and presently methodological issues of application-oriented research. He addresses methodological changes imposed on science by the pressure of practice.


Carrier is a member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina, the Mainz Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature, and the Academia Europaea. He was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Association (DFG) for 2008. His recent publications include Nikolaus Kopernikus, 2001; Wissenschaftstheorie: Zur Einführung (Introduction to the Philosophy of Science), 2006, rev. 2008; Raum-Zeit (Space-Time), 2009.