SOPhiA 2017

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Values in research: problems for philosophy of science, moral philosophy and policy making
(Affiliated Workshop, English)

The role of values in research and application of research findings is one of the classical topics in general philosophy of science. Irrespective of controversy over the nature and epistemology of values, there is a consensus that certain value judgements foster inadequate representations of reality. In addition to this, the setting of research agendas can be driven by commercial interests of financiers or inexplicit value assumptions of researchers. Also, commercial and moral values play a role in the context of policy development, where openness about value assumptions counts as a prerequisite of a scientifically informed decision process and adequate risk assessment.

Other values, however, play a crucial constitutive role in research: Individual values of researchers are the motivational basis for responsible conduct research, scientific values like empirical adequacy or simplicity might help to bridge the gap between empirical findings and scientific hypotheses -- thereby help to cope with underdetermination of theory by evidence -- and some value assumptions about legitimate risks of error even determine the design of empirical studies and analysis of empirical findings.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars who work in general philosophy of science, moral philosophy as well as policy making to discuss values and value neutrality in the sciences and to address in particular
... the role of values in basic research and applied sciences and potential systematic differences;
... the precise meaning, limits, and criticism of the value neutrality requirement;
... values in scientific terminology;
... scientific, moral, and economic values in science and policy making;
... the social value requirement, i.e. responsibilities of scientists towards society, and responsible conduct of research, i.e. professional responsibilities of scientists in research and publication processes.

Organisation: Frauke Albersmeier & Alexander Christian (HHUD Düsseldorf).

Chair: Frauke Albersmeier & Alexander Christian
Time: 09:00-13:00, 13 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.003

Frauke Albersmeier 
(HHUD Düsseldorf, Germany)

Alexander Christian 
(HHUD Düsseldorf, Germany)

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