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Scientific freedom
(998 words)

1. Concept

The concept of scientific freedom reflects the insight in scientific theory and constitutional law that scientific discoveries require a special legal protection applying in equal measure to the component parts of the actual discovery, its interpretation, and its presentation (unity of “science, research, and teaching”). It also recognizes the fact that science, as the foundation of the knowledge society and complex life conditions needs not only mere protectio…

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Wißmann, Hinnerk, “Scientific freedom”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030481>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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