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A Better Foundation for Public Trust in Science

Schroeder, S. Andrew (2018) A Better Foundation for Public Trust in Science. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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There is a growing consensus among philosophers of science that core parts of the scientific process involve non-epistemic values. This undermines the traditional foundation for public trust in science. In this paper I consider two proposals for justifying public trust in value-laden science. According to the first, scientists can promote trust by being transparent about their value choices. On the second, trust requires that the values of a scientist align with the values of an individual member of the public. I argue that neither of these proposals work and suggest an alternative that does better: when scientists must appeal to values in the course of their research, they should appeal to democratic values, the values of the public or its representatives.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Schroeder, S. Andrewaschroeder@cmc.edu0000-0001-7305-3283
Keywords: trust, values in science, transparency, democratic values
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Andrew Schroeder
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2018 03:29
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2018 03:29
Item ID: 14810
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: June 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14810

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