Abstract

Implicit instruction about values occurs throughout scientific communication, whether in the university classroom or in the larger public forum. The concern of this paper is that the kind of values education that occurs includes “reverse moral education”, the idea that moral considerations are at best extra scientific if not simply irrational. The (a) moral education that many scientists unwittingly foist on their “students” undergirds the scientific establishment's typical responses to larger social issues: “Huff!” In this paper I explain the nature of moral education which occurs in the “science classroom” and argue that it is wrongheaded—though there are remedies for its negative effects.

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