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180004 SE Values in Science (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 07.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 05.06. 09:45 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 12.06. 09:45 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 19.06. 09:45 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 26.06. 09:45 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar includes a general introduction to the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values and the different roles that values can legitimately play in science. The seminar covers four themes: questions concerning the priority of epistemic values (Steel 2017; Brown 2017); the inductive risk argument (Douglas 2017; Betz 2017); the social value management ideal (Rolin 2017; Intemann 2017); and the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values (Lacey 2017; Rooney 2017).
Learning Outcomes: The participants understand what is meant by the value-free ideal of science, and they are prepared to discuss arguments against and for the value-free ideal. They are familiar with normative approaches that are meant to replace the value-free ideal, such as Helen Longino’s social value management ideal, Miriam Solomon’s social empiricism, Philip Kitcher’s well-ordered science and Janet Kourany’s ideal of socially responsible science

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar consists of lectures (6 full hours) and seminar work (16 full hours). Evaluation is based on
- 10%: Participation in lectures and seminars (including required readings)
- 40%: Seminar presentation and discussion (20 + 10 minutes)
- 50%: Seminar paper (10-15 pages) due July 20th
Absences policy: One absence is allowed. Other absences should be adequately motivated. Unjustified absences will impact one’s final grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Elliott, Kevin C., and Steel, Daniel (Eds.) (2017). Current Controversies in Values and Science. New York and Oxon: Routledge.

Association in the course directory

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