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The Value of Cognitive Values

Douglas, Heather (2012) The Value of Cognitive Values. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Traditionally, the cognitive values have been thought to be a collective pool of considerations in science that frequently trade against each other. I argue here that a finer grained account of the value of cognitive values can help reduce such tensions. I separate the values into three groups, minimal epistemic criteria, pragmatic considerations, and genuine epistemic assurance, based in part on the distinction between values that describe theories per se and values that describe theory-evidence relationships. This allows us to clarify why these values are central to science and what role they should play, while reducing the tensions among them.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Values in science, cognitive values, epistemic values, scientific inference
    Subjects: General Issues > Values In Science
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Prof. Heather Douglas
    Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 20:03
    Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 20:03
    Item ID: 9207
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9207

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