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

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Experimentation by industrial selection

Industry is a major source of funding for scientific research. There is also a growing concern for how it corrupts researchers faced with conflicts of interest. As such, the debate has focused on whether researchers have maintained their integrity. In this paper we draw on both the history of medicine and formal modeling to argue that given methodological diversity and a merit-based system, industry funding can bias a community without corrupting any particular individual. We close by considering a policy solution (i.e., independent funding) that may seem to promote unbiased inquiry, but which actually exacerbates the problem without additional restrictions.

Author Information:

Justin Bruner    
School of Philosophy and School of Politics and International Relations
Australian National University

Bennett Holman    
Underwood International College, Yonsei University


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