Distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate roles for values in transdisciplinary research

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that the new demarcation problem does not need to be framed as the problem of defining a set of necessary and jointly sufficient criteria for distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable roles that non-epistemic values can play in science. We introduce an alternative way of framing the problem and defend an open-ended list of criteria that can be used in demarcation. Applying such criteria requires context-specific work that clarifies which principles should be used, and possibly leads to the identification of new principles – which then can be added to the open-ended list. We illustrate our approach by examining a context where distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable value influences in science is both needed and tricky: transdisciplinary research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-198
JournalSTUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Volume91
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Values in science
  • objectivity
  • demarcation
  • transdisciplinary research

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

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