Value-Free Science: Ideals and Illusion?


"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 philosophy, history, and social studies of science shows, however, things are not so simple. The contributors to this volume ask where and how nonepistemic values are involved in science; they explore the roles these values play at the heart of science, in the assessment of evidence and explanations, and they examine the implications this has for ideals of objectivity."

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John Dupré
  • Michael Root
  • Alison Wylie
  • Lynn Hankinson Nelson
  • K. Brad Wray
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2007


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