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Well-Ordered Science’s Basic Problem

Larroulet Philippi, Cristian (2019) Well-Ordered Science’s Basic Problem. [Preprint]

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Kitcher has proposed an ideal-theory account—well-ordered science (WOS)— of the collective good that science’s research agenda should promote. Against criticism regarding WOS’s action-guidance, Kitcher has advised critics not to confuse substantive ideals and the ways to arrive at them, and he has defended WOS as a necessary and useful ideal for science policy. I provide a distinction between two types of ideal-theories that helps clarifying WOS’s elusive nature. I use this distinction to argue that the action-guidance problem that WOS faces remains even under the aims/means distinction, because the WOS’s failure is more basic than critics have suggested.

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Item Type: Preprint
Larroulet Philippi, Cristiancristianlarroulet@gmail.com0000-0001-5793-4670
Keywords: Science and Democracy Well-Ordered Ideal Theory Science Policy
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Cristian Larroulet Philippi
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2020 19:27
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 16:04
Item ID: 16938
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2019

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