Objectivity as responsibility

Metaphilosophy 26 (4):360-378 (1995)

Lisa Heldke
Gustavus Adolphus College
We present a case for defining objectivity as responsibility. We do not attempt to offer new arguments on epistemological issues such as relativism or the fact-value distinction. Instead, we construct a conception of objectivity utilizing analyses from Deweyan pragmatism, feminist theory, and science studies, organizing them around the concept of responsibility. This conception of objectivity can serve as a tool to guide the process of inquiry; by suggesting that participants reflect on the question "how can this inquiry be made more responsible?" it provides a guide for those struggling with the question of how to be more objective.
Keywords objectivity as tool  responsibility  pragmatist epistemology  feminist epistemology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.1995.tb00582.x
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