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Problems and Questions in Scientific Practice

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Philosophers increasingly study how scientists conduct actual scientific projects and the goals they pursue. But as of yet, there are few accounts of goals that can be used to identify different kinds, and specific instances, of goals pursued by scientists. I propose that there are at least four distinct kinds of goals pursued by scientists: ameliorating problems, addressing questions, satisfying values, and achieving epistemic aims. I focus on the first two kinds, and I provide tools to help conceptualize, distinguish, and identify the problems and questions pursued by scientists. This paper illustrates the use of those tools with two examples.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: general philosophy of science, problem solving, rationality
Subjects: General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Steve Elliott
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2016 02:28
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2016 02:28
Item ID: 12555
Subjects: General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 29 October 2016

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