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Douglas on Values: From Indirect Roles to Multiple Goals

Elliott, Kevin (2013) Douglas on Values: From Indirect Roles to Multiple Goals. [Preprint]

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In recent papers and a book, Heather Douglas has expanded on the well-known argument from inductive risk, thereby launching an influential contemporary critique of the value-free ideal for science. This paper distills Douglas’s critique into four major claims. The first three claims provide a significant challenge to the value-free ideal for science. However, the fourth claim, which delineates her positive proposal to regulate values in science by distinguishing direct and indirect roles for values, is ambiguous between two interpretations, and both have weaknesses. Fortunately, two elements of Douglas’s work that have previously received much less emphasis (namely, her comments about the goals of scientific activity and the ethics of communicating about values) provide resources for developing a more promising approach for regulating values in science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Elliott, Kevinke@sc.edu
Keywords: science and values; inductive risk; value-free ideal; indirect roles; cognitive attitudes
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: 02 Jul 2013 05:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 05:00
Item ID: 9856
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 30 June 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9856

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