Criticism. Principles and strategy

Stanisław Filipowicz


The article looks at the problem of criticism. How should we understand the role of criticism, staying in line with the noble tradition establishing the autonomy of science as a fundamental priority? This is the crucial question, framing the field of consideration. The question is put in a perspective created by an ongoing discussion exploring the mission of PAS. On the one hand criticism is viewed as the cornerstone of the scientific ethos, a key element shaping the particular profile of science. On the other hand it is approached as a necessary element of a communication strategy which should offer solutions protecting the interests of science, facing the challenges of late modern consumerism, with its patronizing understanding of science, reducing science to a specific form of “on demand” service and the source of profits. By combining these two perspectives the article tries to highlight fundamental questions concerned with the mission of PAS.


science; autonomy; criticism; utility; communication

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