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Value-Free Science?: Ideals and Illusions

Harold Kincaid, John Dupré, and Alison Wylie


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 free of the influence of any values that are not purely epistemic. As recent work in the philosophy, history, and social studies of science shows, however, things are not so simple. Values surface in numerous aspects of the scientific enterprise. This book asks where and how non-epistemic values are involved in science; it explores the roles these values play at the heart of science, in the assessment of evidence and explanations, and it examines the implica ... More

Keywords: objective knowledge, values, non-epistemic values, evidence, explanations

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195308969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold Kincaid, editor
University of Alabama
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John Dupré, editor
University of Exeter
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Alison Wylie, editor
University of Washington
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