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The Epistemic Risk in Representation (Forthcoming in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal March 2022)

Harvard, Stephanie and Winsberg, Eric (2021) The Epistemic Risk in Representation (Forthcoming in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal March 2022). [Preprint]

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Abstract

Both the distinction between the 'internal' and 'external' phases of science and the concept of 'inductive risk' are core constructs in the values in science literature. However, both constructs have shortcomings, which, we argue, have concealed the unique significance of values in scientific representation. We defend three closely-related proposals to rectify the problem: i) to draw a conceptual distinction between endorsing a 'fact' and making a decision about representation; ii) to employ a conception of inductive risk that aligns with this distinction, not one between internal/external phases in science; iii) to conceptualize 'representational risk' as a unique epistemic risk, no less significant than inductive risk. We outline the implications of each proposal for current debates in the values in science literature.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Harvard, Stephanieharvards@mail.ubc.ca
Winsberg, Ericeric.winsberg@gmail.com
Keywords: values in science; representation; inductive risk; epistemic risk
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Stephanie Harvard
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 01:22
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 01:22
Item ID: 19680
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 11 October 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19680

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