Inductive risk and the contexts of communication
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John, S. (2014). Inductive risk and the contexts of communication. Synthese, 192 79-96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0554-7
In recent years, the argument from inductive risk against value free science has enjoyed a revival. This paper investigates and clarifies this argument through means of a case-study: neonicitinoid research. Sect. 1 argues that the argument from inductive risk is best conceptualised as a claim about scientists’ communicative obligations. Sect. 2 then shows why this argument is inapplicable to “public communication”. Sect. 3 outlines non-epistemic reasons why non-epistemic values should not play a role in public communicative contexts. Sect. 4 analyses the implications of these arguments both for the specific case of neonicitinoid research and for understanding the limits of the argument from inductive risk. Sect. 5 sketches the broader implications of my claims for understanding the “Value Free Ideal” for science.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0554-7
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246083