PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE

TitleNon-cognitive values and objectivity in scientific explanation: the case of the Movius line
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGervais, R
JournalPERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE
Volume21
Pagination429–452
ISSN0926-3977
Abstract

Although it is now widely accepted that in science, non-cognitive values play a role, it is still debated whether this has implications for its objectivity. It seems that the task of philosophers here is twofold: to flesh out what kinds of non-cognitive values play what kinds of roles, and to evaluate the implications for objectivity. I attempt to contribute to both tasks by introducing the value of egalitarianism, and showing how this non-cognitive value shapes three alternative explanations of the Movius Line. It is argued that although these explanations are motivated by egalitarianism, they are nevertheless objective.

DOI10.1162/POSC\_a\_00111
Citation Key4269435
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