Value-Free Science: Ideal or Illusion?

Hardcover | March 29, 2007

EditorHarold Kincaid, John Dupre, Alison Wylie

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It has long been thought that science is our best hope for realizing objective knowledge, but that, to deliver on this promise, it must be value free. Things are not so simple, however, as recent work in science studies makes clear. The contributors to this volume investigate where and howvalues are involved in science, and examine the implications of this involvement for ideals of objectivity.

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It has long been thought that science is our best hope for realizing objective knowledge, but that, to deliver on this promise, it must be value free. Things are not so simple, however, as recent work in science studies makes clear. The contributors to this volume investigate where and howvalues are involved in science, and examine th...

Harold Kincaid is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama. John Dupre is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Exeter. Alison Wylie is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.39 × 8.39 × 1.1 inPublished:March 29, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Chapter 1. IntroductionPart I: Case StudiesChapter 2. John Dupre: Fact and ValueChapter 3. Michael Root: How Should Sociologists Study Social Problems?Chapter 4. Lynn Hankinson and Allison Wylie: Coming to Terms with the Value(s) of Science: Insights from Feminist Science ScholarshipChapter 5. Brad Wray: Evaluating ScientistsPart II: Evidence and ValuesChapter 6. Elliott Sober: Evidence and Value FreedomChapter 7. Heather Douglas: Rejecting the Ideal of Value Free ScienceChapter 8. John Roberts: Is Logical Empiricism Committed to the Ideal of Value Free Science?Chapter 9. Sherri Roush: Constructive Empiricism and the Role of Social Values in ScienceChapter 10. Gerald Doppelt: The Value Ladenness of Scientific KnowledgeChapter 11. Harold Kincaid: Contextualist Morals and ScienceIndex

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"A valuable anthology of essays by contemporary philosophers."--Choice