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Disagreement and Values in Science

Ward, Zina B. (2022) Disagreement and Values in Science. [Preprint]

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It's generally taken to be desirable for scientific hypotheses to possess what are often called "epistemic values": theoretical virtues like fruitfulness, explanatory power, simplicity, and scope (Kuhn 1977). Although most scientists endorse at least some of these values, they often interpret or weigh them differently. Does the presence of disagreement about epistemic values imply that science is laden with non-epistemic values? Here I'll try to answer this question after surveying epistemic values and the disagreements surrounding them.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ward, Zina B.zina.b.ward@gmail.com0000-0003-0160-6656
Keywords: values in science; epistemic values; gap argument; Kuhn; Laudan
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Zina B. Ward
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2022 03:25
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2022 03:25
Item ID: 20714
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 3 June 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20714

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