What is epistemically wrong with research affected by sponsorship bias? The evidential account

European Journal for Philosophy of Science 10 (2):1-26 (2020)
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Biased research occurs frequently in the sciences. In this paper, I will focus on one particular kind of biased research: research that is subject to sponsorship bias. I will address the following epistemological question: what precisely is epistemically wrong with biased research of this kind? I will defend the evidential account of epistemic wrongness: that is, research affected by sponsorship bias is epistemically wrong if and only if the researchers in question make false claims about the evidential support of some hypothesis H by data E. I will argue that the evidential account captures the epistemic wrongness of three paradigmatic types of sponsorship bias.



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Alexander Reutlinger
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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