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A Tapestry of Values: An Introduction to Values in Science

Kevin C. Elliott


This book makes the contemporary philosophical literature on science and values accessible to a wide readership. It focuses on two questions: What are the major ways in which scientific reasoning can be influenced by values? and How can we tell whether those influences are appropriate or not? To address these questions, it examines case studies from a variety of research areas, including climate science, anthropology, chemical risk assessment, ecology, neurobiology, biomedical research, and agriculture. These cases show that the value-free ideal for science is problematic; values have importan ... More

Keywords: value-free ideal, value judgments, transparency, engagement, science and values, uncertainty, research ethics, science policy, objectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190260804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin C. Elliott, author
Associate Professor, Lyman-Briggs College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University