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Non-Epistemic Values and the Multiple Goals of Science

Elliott, Kevin and McKaughan, Daniel (2013) Non-Epistemic Values and the Multiple Goals of Science. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Recent efforts to argue that non-epistemic values have a legitimate role to play in assessing scientific models, theories, and hypotheses typically either reject the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values or incorporate non-epistemic values only as a secondary consideration for resolving epistemic uncertainty. Given that scientific representations can legitimately be evaluated not only based on their fit with the world but also with respect to their fit with the needs of their users, we show in two case studies that non-epistemic values can play a legitimate role as factors that override epistemic considerations in assessing scientific representations for practical purposes.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Elliott, Kevinke@sc.edu
McKaughan, Danieldaniel.mckaughan@bc.edu
Keywords: science and values; non-epistemic values; models; cognitive attitudes; underdetermination; risk assessment
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Kevin Elliott
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 12:20
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 12:53
Item ID: 10027
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 30 September 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10027

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