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Value-Free Science: Ideal or Illusion?

Edited By: Harold Kincaid, John Dupre and Alison Wylie

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Apr 2007 | #164786 | ISBN-13: 9780195308969
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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 value free. Things are not so simple, however, as recent work in science studies makes clear. The contributors to this volume investigate where and how values are involved in science, and examine the implications of this involvement for ideals of objectivity.


"Historians of science whose work has led them to puzzle over their own and their historical actors' judgments of the relations between value and scientific fact will find much of value here."--Alan Richardson, Isis


"A valuable anthology of essays by contemporary philosophers."--Choice


"A well structured and informative introduction provides readers with background on the question of values in science.... Anyone who is interested in the question of values in science...will find Value-Free Science? a worthwhile read."--Lisa Gannett, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews



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