Social Diversity in Science and the Social Value Management Ideal

Author:

Kristina Rolin

Abstract:

The social value management ideal is an alternative to the value-free ideal of science. It recommends that the role of non-epistemic values in scientific inquiry is analyzed, criticized, and judged as either acceptable or unacceptable by a scientific community which satisfies certain conditions. I defend the social value management ideal by responding to two objections, one suggesting that the ideal is not capable of incorporating all the cognitive diversity that is epistemically beneficial in science, and another one suggesting that the ideal is too generous to the kind of social diversity which is problematic from a moral and political point of view.