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

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Paleontological Science and Values

This paper shows how (directly and indirectly) and where (internally and externally) values (epistemic and non-epistemic) are integrated with the daily activity of paleontologists: (a) in the selection of their field sites; (b) in the development of their hypotheses; (c) in the execution of their research plans; (d) in their judgments about what to name species and how to reconstruct their evolutionary and ecological histories; (e) in the advising of their students; and (f) in the development and application of their standards of evidence.

Author Information:

Joyce C Havstad    
Philosophy Department
Oakland University


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