ERIC Number: EJ930022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Joseph Priestley across Theology, Education, and Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Case Study in Epistemology with a Focus on the Science Education Context
de Berg, Kevin C.
Science & Education, v20 n7-8 p805-830 Jul 2011
This paper discusses the findings of a search for the intellectual tools used by Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) in his chemistry, education, and theology documents. Priestley's enquiring democratic view of knowledge was applicable in all three areas and constitutes a significant part of his lifework. Current epistemological issues in science education are examined from the point of view of the nature of theory and experiment as observed in Priestley's writings and as espoused in modern philosophy of science. Science and religious faith issues in the context of science education are examined from the point of view of one's understanding of sacred texts, and the suggestion is made that a Priestleyan model of "the liberty to think for oneself" and "to hold knowledge with humility and virtue" could prove helpful in dealing with the known divergent opinions in relation to science, education, and religion.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Chemistry, Epistemology, Science Education, Democratic Values, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies, Role of Education, Clergy, Scientists, Scientific Research, Scientific Enterprise, Scientific Methodology, Science History, Science Instruction, Biblical Literature, Philosophy
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