Science and Values, Once Again: on the incorporation of non-epistemic values in scientific practices


  • Alberto Oscar Cupani Federal University of Santa Catarina



value-free science, ethically responsible science, Matthew J. Brown


This article questions Matthew J. Brown’s proposal to understand the relation between science and social values in regard mainly to two aspects: that the ideal of value-free science should be abandoned; and that non-epistemic values can have a cognitive status. It retrieves nevertheless the emphasis given by Brown to the continually contingent character of inquiry and to the possibility of rationally resolving value conflicts, as well as the relevance of the social-pedagogic projects promoted by Brown.

Author Biography

Alberto Oscar Cupani, Federal University of Santa Catarina

Department of Philosophy
Graduate Program in Philosophy
Federal University of Santa Catarina


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Special Issue: Science and Values