The universal values of science and China’s Nobel Prize pursuit

Cao, Cong (2014) The universal values of science and China’s Nobel Prize pursuit. Minerva, 52 (2). pp. 141-160. ISSN 0026-4695

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China does not seem to believe the existence of universally acknowledged values in science and fails to promote the observation of such values that also should be applied to every member of the scientific community and at all times. Or, there is a separation between the practice of science in China and the values represented by modern science. In this context, science, including the pursuit of the Nobel Prize, is more a pragmatic means to achieve the end of the political leadership – the national pride in this case – than an institution laden with values that govern its practices. However, it is the recognition and respect of the latter that could lead to achievement of the former, rather than the other way around.

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Keywords: Science; Values; Nobel Prize; China
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
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Depositing User: Liu, Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 18:32

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