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

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Values in Qualitative Data Collection

In this paper, I discuss the role of values in qualitative data collection in social research. First I consider the ideal of value free science. I argue that the ideal, as applied to qualitative data collection, should be rejected because nonepistemic values have both required and permissible roles to play during this phase of research. Second, I examine three alternative ideals for values in science. By appeal to my earlier analysis, I show that none of them is fitting as ideal for values in qualitative data collection. Thus I conclude that an ideal for values in qualitative data is lacking.

Author Information:

Julie Zahle    
Division of Philosophy
University of Copenhagen

 

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