The Role of Non-Epistemic Values in Engineering Models

Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1):207-218 (2013)
Abstract
We argue that non-epistemic values, including moral ones, play an important role in the construction and choice of models in science and engineering. Our main claim is that non-epistemic values are not only “secondary values” that become important just in case epistemic values leave some issues open. Our point is, on the contrary, that non-epistemic values are as important as epistemic ones when engineers seek to develop the best model of a process or problem. The upshot is that models are neither value-free, nor depend exclusively on epistemic values or use non-epistemic values as tie-breakers
Keywords Epistemic values  Non-epistemic values  Engineering models  Value-judgments  Application of science
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