Respecting Public Investment: The Problems with Democratic Endorsement as a Criterion for Legitimate Value Influence in Science
Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Department of Philosophy
Soazig Le Bihan
Albert Borgmann, Daniel Spencer
value influence in science, roles approach, aims approach, non-epistemic value influence
University of Montana
Philosophy of Science
Criticism of the value-free ideal has motivated attempts to formulate a criterion for the legitimacy of non-epistemic value influence in science. I argue that this search aims to protect two main components of legitimacy, scientific integrity and justice. While integrity is primary, justice remains important, especially in setting scientific goals. One of the main proposals for setting legitimate goals is to rely on democratic endorsement (Intemann 2015). I critically assess four interpretations of this criterion, finding that all are problematic. I then propose and evaluate three alternative models that seek to better balance respect for the public with scientific expertise.
Korf, Rebecca, "Respecting Public Investment: The Problems with Democratic Endorsement as a Criterion for Legitimate Value Influence in Science" (2018). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11199.
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