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Single Idea 22362

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

Full Idea

Three components of value-free science are Impartiality (appraising theories only by epistemic scientific standards), Neutrality (the theories make no value statements), and Autonomy (the theory is motivated only by science).

Gist of Idea

Value-free science needs impartial evaluation, theories asserting facts, and right motivation


Reiss,J/Spreger,J (Scientific Objectivity [2014], 3.3)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.13

A Reaction

[They are summarising Hugh Lacey, 1999, 2002] I'm not sure why the third criterion matters, if the first two are met. If a tobacco company commissions research on cigarettes, that doesn't necessarily make the findings false or prejudiced.