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Single Idea 22359

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity]

Full Idea

There may be values involved in the choice of a research problem, the gathering of evidence, the acceptance of a theory, and the application of results. ...The first and fourth do involve values, but what of the second and third?

Gist of Idea

Topic and application involve values, but can evidence and theory choice avoid them?


Reiss,J/Spreger,J (Scientific Objectivity [2014], 3.1)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.7

A Reaction

[compressed] My own view is that the danger of hidden distorting values has to be recognised, but it is then possible, by honest self-criticism, to reduce them to near zero. Sociological enquiry is different, of course.