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Direct and Indirect Roles for Values in Science

Elliott, Kevin (2010) Direct and Indirect Roles for Values in Science. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Although many philosophers have employed the distinction between “direct” and “indirect” roles for values in science, I argue that it merits further clarification. The distinction can be formulated in several ways: as a logical point, as a distinction between epistemic attitudes, or as a clarification of different consequences associated with accepting scientific claims. Moreover, it can serve either as part of a normative ideal or as a tool for policing how values influence science. While various formulations of the distinction may (with further clarification) contribute to a normative ideal, they have limited effectiveness for regulating how values influence science.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: values; inductive risk; value judgments; science and values; public policy
    Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
    General Issues > Science and Society
    General Issues > Science Policy
    General Issues > Values In Science
    Depositing User: Kevin Elliott
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 23:30
    Last Modified: 10 Dec 2010 23:30
    Item ID: 8420
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8420

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