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The Price of TruthHow Money Affects the Norms of Science$
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David B. Resnik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309782.001.0001

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 The Norms of Science

 The Norms of Science

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The Price of Truth

David B. Resnik (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter develops a philosophical framework for thinking about science’s norms. The norms of science help advance the goals of science by promoting cooperation and trust among scientists, and the public’s support for science. They also help to ensure that scientific research is publicly accountable. Science has epistemological goals, such as knowledge, truth, and explanation, as well as practical ones, such as prediction, power, and control. Science has epistemological norms, such as testability, empirical support, and simplicity, and practical and ethical norms, such as honesty, credit, and openness. Epistemological norms govern scientific methods and techniques, while practical norms apply to practices and traditions.

Keywords:   philosophy, epistemology, ethics

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