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The role of the appeal to the transcendent in scholarly discourse on the plausibility of the value-free ideal in scientific inquiry

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dc.contributor.author Robertson, John
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-23T19:14:25Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-23T19:14:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-12-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7695
dc.description.abstract This thesis shows how the appeal to the transcendent characterizes aspects of the debate amongst leading contemporary philosophers of science regarding the value-free ideal and the attendant aim of attaining objective knowledge. It compares the positions of leading feminist philosophers of science (Longino and Harding) with influential figures in the historically rooted Western belief who appeal to the transcendent in the pursuit of knowledge of the necessary and of the contingent. Chapter 2 relates the historically rooted Western belief in appeal to the transcendent in the pursuit of knowledge and includes two components: the pursuit of knowledge of the necessary and knowledge of the contingent. Chapter 3 assesses how contemporary leading feminist philosophers of science have contended with beliefs of influential 20th century thinkers (Weber, Kuhn and Quine) regarding this problem. Through this comparison, I provide commentary on how current leading philosophers of science have addressed the value-free ideal issue through the prism of appeal to transcendent reason as justification, as opposed to the historically rooted appeal to the transcendent itself via reason as justification and how this apparent disparity has bearing on the debate concerning the value-free ideal and the attendant goal of achieving objective knowledge. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Objectivity en_US
dc.subject Value-neutrality en_US
dc.subject Transcendent en_US
dc.subject Background assumptions en_US
dc.subject Values en_US
dc.title The role of the appeal to the transcendent in scholarly discourse on the plausibility of the value-free ideal in scientific inquiry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor McDonough, Graham P
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0727 en_US


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