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Science  25 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5555, pp. 633
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5555.633a

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Science, Truth, and Democracy. Philip Kitcher. Oxford University Press, New York, 2001. 233 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-19-514583-6.

Building on his earlier work, especially through a consideration of molecular genetics, Kitcher argues for a philosophy that recognizes scientific truth but "permits social consensus to determine which avenues to investigate."