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Title: The epistemic consequences of pragmatic value-laden scientific inference
Authors: Kubiak, Adam P.
Kawalec, Paweł
Keywords: frequentism; error; statistical test; epistemic reliability; replication; values
Issue Date: 18-May-2021
Publisher: Springer
Citation: "European Journal for Philosophy of Science", 2021, 11, 52.
Abstract: In this work, we explore the epistemic import of the value-ladenness of Neyman-Pearson’s Theory of Testing Hypotheses (N-P) by reconstructing and extending Daniel Steel’s argument for the legitimate influence of pragmatic values on scientific inference. We focus on how to properly understand N-P’s pragmatic value-ladenness and the epistemic reliability of N-P. We develop an account of the twofold influence of pragmatic values on N-P’s epistemic reliability and replicability. We refer to these two distinguished aspects as “direct” and “indirect”. We discuss the replicability of experiments in terms of the indirect aspect and the replicability of outcomes in terms of the direct aspect. We argue that the influence of pragmatic values is beneficial to N-P’s epistemic reliability and replicability indirectly. We show that while the direct influence of pragmatic values can be beneficial, its negative effects on reliability and replicability are also unavoidable in some cases, with the direct and indirect aspects possibly being incongruent.
Description: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12153/1760
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-021-00370-9
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