The role of non-epistemic values in engineering models

S. Diekmann, M.B. Peterson

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Abstract

We argue that non-epistemic values, including moral ones, play an important role in the construction and choice of models in science and engineering. Our main claim is that non-epistemic values are not only "secondary values" that become important just in case epistemic values leave some issues open. Our point is, on the contrary, that non-epistemic values are as important as epistemic ones when engineers seek to develop the best model of a process or problem. The upshot is that models are neither value-free, nor depend exclusively on epistemic values or use non-epistemic values as tie-breakers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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