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Scientific Progress and Aesthetic Values

Ivanova, Milena (2021) Scientific Progress and Aesthetic Values. [Preprint]

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Aesthetic values feature prominently in science and shape different scientific activities. What significance should such values be given and should they impact our attitudes towards scientific products? This chapter explores these questions and how through scientific progress the questions we ask about the role of aesthetic values might change. I start with the traditional distinction between context of discovery and context of justification and show that neither context is value-free. Then we illustrate how aesthetic values shape different levels of scientific activities, from designing experiments and reconstructing fossils, to evaluating data. I then explore how we could justify the epistemic import of aesthetic values and develop some concerns. Last, I ask whether we should expect the questions surrounding aesthetic values in scientific practice to change with scientific progress, as we enter the era of post-empirical physics, big data science, and make more discoveries using machine learning and artificial intelligence.


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Ivanova, Milenamail@milenaivanova.co.uk
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Milena Ivanova
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2021 04:34
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2021 04:34
Item ID: 19586
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19586

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