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Philosophy of Science in the Public Interest: Useful Knowledge and the Common Good

Sargent, Rose-Mary (2008) Philosophy of Science in the Public Interest: Useful Knowledge and the Common Good. In: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    The standard of disinterested objectivity embedded within the US Data Quality Act (2001) has been used by corporate and political interests as a way to limit the dissemination of scientific research results that conflict with their goals. This is an issue that philosophers of science can, and should, publicly address because it involves an evaluation of the strength and adequacy of evidence. Analysis of arguments from a philosophical tradition that defended a concept of useful knowledge (later displaced by Logical Empiricism) is used here to suggest how the legitimacy of scientific findings can be supported in the absence of disinterested objectivity.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Common Good Public Interest Data Quality Act Francis Bacon Logical Empiricism Useful Knowledge John Dewey Disinterested Objectivity Objectivity
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    General Issues > Values In Science
    General Issues > Science Policy
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Rose-Mary Sargent
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4300
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4300

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