PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: Science, Values, and Wishful Thinking

Friday, 4 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Chastain D (6th Floor)

Chair: Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Weill Cornell Medicine--Cornell University

Today, many philosophers of science working in the science and values literature — though not all — reject the ideal of value-free science, and agree that values have a legitimate role to play in all stages of scientific inquiry, including the evaluation of hypotheses. At the same time, it is widely held that, if the value-free ideal is rejected, we must confront the problem of wishful thinking: if values can play a legitimate role in evaluating hypotheses, then what's to stop them from "driv[ing] inquiry to a predetermined conclusion," as Elizabeth Anderson puts it? This symposium brings together a group of philosophers of science to take up this question.

A Taxonomy of Wishful Thinking
Daniel Hicks, AAAS,
Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University,
Pragmatism and the Problem of Wishful Thinking
Matthew J. Brown, The University of Texas at Dallas,
Wishful Thinking and Knowledge-For
Sharon Crasnow, Norco College,
Values, Desires, and Evidence in Climate Science
Kristen Intemann, Montana State University,
Are the Right Values all you need? A Critical Examination of a Proposed Solution to the Problem of Wishful Thinking
Daniel Steel, University of British Columbia,
Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo,


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