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Virtue and responsibility in policy research and advice

Author: Berry Tholen
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018].
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This book argues that ethical judgment by individual scientific policy advisors is more important than is often acknowledged. While many scientific policy advisors routinely present themselves as neutral or value free scientists, here is demonstrated that the ideal of scientific integrity as neutrality is misguided and that an alternative understanding is demanded. The book provides an overview of the type of social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)994787380
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Berry Tholen
ISBN: 9783319652535 3319652532
OCLC Number: 1003192650
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Contents; Chapter 1 The Ideal of Value Neutrality in Policy Research and Advice: Some Inconvenient Observations; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Weber's Intellectually Honest Social Scientist and Advisor; 3 Some Inconvenient Observations; 4 What to Expect in This Book; References; Chapter 2 Setting the Stage: Epistemological and Social Values for Scientific Research and Advice; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Values, Preferences, Interests; 3 Two Types of Values; 4 Challenges to the Distinction Between Epistemological and Social Values; 5 What Is Next?; References Chapter 3 Deciding What Is Worth KnowingAbstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Choices the Scientist Must Make; Becoming Involved in Scientific Research; The Values of Scientific Disciplines; Choosing the Research Topic and Research Question; 3 Impact of Research Choices; 4 Summary; References; Chapter 4 Deciding on Tools and Risks; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Addressing Research Objects; 3 Categorizing and Labelling; 4 Choosing Instruments for Measurement; 5 Addressing the Risk of Error; 6 Summary; References; Chapter 5 Deciding on the Advisory Role; Abstract ; 1 Introduction 2 Simply the Facts?Translating the Findings; Modes of Inconvenience; Structuring Problems; 3 Simply Bringing Truth to Power?; 4 Summary; References; Chapter 6 Addressing Non-Epistemological Issues; Abstract ; 1 Value-Free Science?; 2 Science as Politics?; 3 (Ir)Responsibility?; 4 What Is Next?; References; Chapter 7 Solving the Issue by Distinguishing Types of Problems; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Problem Types and Advisory Roles; 3 Critical Questions; On Categorizing Problems; On Linking Problems to Advisory Roles; 4 Conclusion; References Chapter 8 Solving the Issue by Bringing in DemocracyAbstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Advocacy for Democratic Involvement in Scientific Advice; 3 Complications; Tutoring and Selection; Representation; From One Elite to Another; Innovative Capacity; 4 Conclusion; References; Chapter 9 Solving the Issue by Introducing Principles and Procedures; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Rules for Scientific Advisors; 3 Problems and Complications; The Application of Principles; The Choice of Principles and Guidelines; 4 Conclusion; References Chapter 10 Solving the Issue by Bringing Virtue Ethics into PlayAbstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Virtues of Scientific Practice; 3 Phronetic Science; 4 Scientific Practice and Political Practice; 5 Summary; References; Chapter 11 Conclusion: Scientific Policy Advice and Ethical Judgment; Abstract ; 1 Introduction; 2 Value-Choices in Scientific Advice; 3 Addressing Social Value Issues in Scientific Policy Advice; 4 Virtue Ethical Elaborations; 5 A Member of Two Practices; 6 Conclusion; References; Epilogue; Index
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