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Aesthetic Values in Science

Ivanova, Milena (2017) Aesthetic Values in Science. [Preprint]

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Scientists often use aesthetic values in the evaluation and choice of theories.
Aesthetic values are not only regarded as leading to practically more useful
theories, but are often taken to be indicators of the truth of a theory. This paper
explores what aesthetic considerations influence scientists’ reasoning, how such
aesthetic values relate to the utility of a scientific theory, and how one can
justify the epistemic role for such values. The paper examines ways in which the
link between beauty and truth can be defended, the challenges facing such
accounts, and explores alternative epistemic roles for aesthetic values in
scientific practice.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Non-empirical values, Aesthetic values, Beauty in Science, Theory Choice, Scientific Realism, Instrumentalism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Milena Ivanova
Date Deposited: 27 May 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 27 May 2017 15:07
Item ID: 13070
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2017

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