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dc.contributor.authorCurrie, Adrianen
dc.contributor.authorAvin, Shaharen
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-06T23:30:08Z
dc.date.available2019-06-06T23:30:08Z
dc.date.issued2019-04-01en
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/293448
dc.description.abstractPluralism about scientific method is more-or-less accepted, but the consequences have yet to be drawn out. Scientists adopt different methods in response to different epistemic situations: depending on the system they are interested in, the resources at their disposal, and so forth. If it is right that different methods are appropriate in different situations, then mismatches between methods and situations are possible. This is most likely to occur due to method bias: when we prefer a particular kind of method, despite that method clashing with evidential context or our aims. To explore these ideas, we sketch a kind of method pluralism which turns on two properties of evidence, before using agent-based models to examine the relationship between methods, epistemic situations, and bias. Based on our results, we suggest that although method bias can undermine the efficiency of a scientific community, it can also be productive through preserving a diversity of evidence. We consider circumstances where 2 method bias could be particularly egregious, and those where it is a potential virtue, and argue that consideration of method bias reveals that community standards deserve a central place in the epistemology of science.
dc.publisherUniversity of Michigan
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleMethod pluralism, method mismatch, & method biasen
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier13en
prism.publicationDate2019en
prism.publicationNamePhilosophers Imprinten
prism.volume19en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.40596
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-02-24en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-04-01en
dc.contributor.orcidCurrie, Adrian [0000-0003-2638-202X]
dc.contributor.orcidAvin, Shahar [0000-0001-7859-1507]
dc.identifier.eissn1533-628X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idTempleton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) (177155)


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