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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 174, Issue 7, pp 1801–1806 | Cite as

Précis of Objectivity and diversity: another logic of scientific research

  • Sandra HardingEmail author
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Central assumptions in today’s dominant philosophy of science were formulated in the context of the encounter of Vienna Circle logical positivism with McCarthyism and the Cold War. The Vienna Circle physicist philosophers, all socialists and mostly Jewish, were émigrés from European fascism. When they sought to settle in the United States, insisting on value-freedom for science and its philosophy—“the view from nowhere”—became a political necessity. Historians point out that they thereby turned the unity of science thesis into one about the nature of science, though it had originally been a call, a plea, for scientists to share a focus on the social problems for which fascists were already starting to provide hideous “solutions” (Reisch 2005).

But that was many decades ago. Today we live in a world animated by strikingly different social and political impulses and science institutions. Yet that value-free ideal of objectivity is still used to police university research, public debates,...

Keywords

Objectivity Diversity Methodology Epistemology Social justice movements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Education and Gender StudiesUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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