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Stud Hist Philos Sci. 2016 Apr;56:11-9. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.10.008. Epub 2015 Nov 14.

Values, standpoints, and scientific/intellectual movements.

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Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, P.O. Box 4, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. Electronic address: kristina.rolin@helsinki.fi.

Abstract

Feminist standpoint empiricism contributes to the criticism of the value-free ideal by offering a unique analysis of how non-epistemic values can play not only a legitimate but also an epistemically productive role in science. While the inductive risk argument focuses on the role of non-epistemic values in the acceptance of hypotheses, standpoint empiricism focuses on the role of non-epistemic values in the production of evidence. And while many other analyses of values in science focus on the role of non-epistemic values either in an individual scientist's decision making or in the distribution of research efforts in scientific communities, standpoint empiricism focuses on the role of non-epistemic values in the building of scientific/intellectual movements.

KEYWORDS:

Feminist standpoint theory; Political sociology of science; Scientific/intellectual movements; Social epistemology; Values in science

PMID:
27083080
DOI:
10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.10.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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