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The universal values of science and China’s Nobel Prize pursuit

Cao, Cong

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Cong Cao


China does not seem to believe the existence of universally acknowledged values in science and fails to promote the observation of such values that also should be applied to every member of the scientific community and at all times. Or, there is a separation between the practice of science in China and the values represented by modern science. In this context, science, including the pursuit of the Nobel Prize, is more a pragmatic means to achieve the end of the political leadership – the national pride in this case – than an institution laden with values that govern its practices. However, it is the recognition and respect of the latter that could lead to achievement of the former, rather than the other way around.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 22, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2015
Journal Minerva
Print ISSN 0026-4695
Electronic ISSN 0026-4695
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 2
Keywords Science; Values; Nobel Prize; China
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