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How Values in Scientific Discovery and Pursuit Alter Theory Appraisal

Elliott, Kevin and McKaughan, Daniel (2009) How Values in Scientific Discovery and Pursuit Alter Theory Appraisal. In: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Philosophers of science readily acknowledge that non-epistemic values influence the discovery and pursuit of scientific theories, but many tend to regard these influences as epistemically uninteresting. The present paper challenges this position by identifying three avenues through which non-epistemic values associated with discovery and pursuit in contemporary pollution research influence theory appraisal: (1) by guiding the choice of questions and research projects, (2) by altering experimental design, and (3) by affecting the creation and further investigation of theories or hypotheses. This analysis indicates that the effects of these values are sufficiently complex and epistemically significant to merit further attention.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: scientific discovery; pursuit; non-epistemic values; hormesis; endocrine disruption; multiple chemical sensitivity
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    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: Kevin Elliott
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4701
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4701

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