State of the field: Transient underdetermination and values in science

Title: State of the field: Transient underdetermination and values in science
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: March 2013
Published In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Description: This paper examines the state of the field of " science and values" -particularly regarding the implications of the thesis of transient underdetermination for the ideal of value-free science, or what I call the " ideal of epistemic purity." I do this by discussing some of the main arguments in the literature, both for and against the ideal. I examine a preliminary argument from transient underdetermination against the ideal of epistemic purity, and I discuss two different formulations of an objection to this argument-an objection that requires the strict separation of the epistemic from the practical. A secondary aim of the paper is to suggest some future directions for the field, one of which is to replace the vocabulary of values that is often employed in the literature with a more precise one. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
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Citation: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 44. Issue 1. 124 - 133. ISSN 0039-3681. DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.09.003.
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