Reasons of science and political reasons.Some philosophical considerations

The contradictions and insecurities generated by the pandemic have put the “reasons” of science, the criteria of its objectivity and its relationship with politics back at the center of public discussion. These paper starts from Foucaultian reflection on epidemics in which the deep link between science and social space is very evident and leads to a reflection on the relationship between science and politics. In the first part, it dwells on the interweaving of medicine in the modern age; in the second part it analyses the debate that developed in the second half of the twentieth century about the social dimension of scientific knowledge; in the concluding part it analyses the link between science and politics, and more extensively between science and power.

[online 12.10.2020]