The Methods of Applied Philosophy and the Tools of the Policy Sciences

TitleThe Methods of Applied Philosophy and the Tools of the Policy Sciences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHale, B
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedFall 2011
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
AbstractIn this paper the author argues that applied philosophers hoping to develop a stronger role in public policy formation can begin by aligning their methods with the tools employed in the policy sciences. The author first  characterizes the standard view of policymaking and policy education as instrumentally oriented toward the employment of specific policy tools. He then investigates pressures internal to philosophy that nudge work in applied philosophy toward the periphery of policy debates. He captures the dynamics of these pressures by framing them as the "dilemma dilemma" and the "problem problem." Seeking a remedy, he turns to the interdisciplinarity of a unique approach to policymaking generally known as the "policy sciences." Finally, he investigate the case of bioethics, an instance where philosophy has made decent headway with policymakers.
NotesHale, Ben 1; Affiliation: 1: University of Colorado, Boulder; Source Info: Fall2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p215; Subject Term: PHILOSOPHERS; Subject Term: POLITICAL planning; Subject Term: POLICY sciences; Subject Term: POLITICAL culture; Subject Term: PUBLIC administration; NAICS/Industry Codes: 921190 Other General Government Support; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article