Science education: Multicultural and universal

Harvey Siegel

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In this paper, I first explore the reasons for embracing multiculturalism, arguing that multiculturalism is best conceived and defended in universalistic moral, rather than epistemic, terms. I then criticize the common view that multiculturalism is incompatible with a universalistic conception of science, and argue that multiculturalism is compatible with a suitably characterized epistemic universalism. Finally, I consider whether or not that sort of universalism is itself morally objectionable, and argue that it is not. The upshot is that science educators ought to embrace both a universalistic conception of multiculturalism (on moral grounds), and a universalistic conception of science (on epistemic grounds).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural artifacts
  • Epistemology
  • Morality
  • Multiculturalism
  • Particularity
  • Respect
  • Science education
  • Universalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Law


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