The Risk of Using Inductive Risk to Challenge the Value-Free Ideal

Philosophy of Science 83 (4):500-520 (2016)
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Abstract

The argument from inductive risk has been embraced by many as a successful account of the role of values in science that challenges the value-free ideal. We argue that it is not obvious that the argument from inductive risk actually undermines the value-free ideal. This is because the inductive risk argument endorses an assumption held by proponents of the value-free ideal: that contextual values never play an appropriate role in determining evidence. We show that challenging the value-free ideal ultimately requires rejecting this assumption.

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Inmaculada de Melo-Martin
Weill Cornell Medicine--Cornell University

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