Second, philosophical biases can influence the evaluation of scientific results, especially when the biases are epistemological in nature. Given the same evidence, some scientists might consider reliability, or internal validity, as the most important epistemic quality. Generally, these scientists require evidence from RCTs, where confounding factors are strictly controlled, in order to claim causation, and they tend to be skeptical about epidemiological evidence Allmers et al. Other scientists might prefer to have converging evidence from more than one type of method, such as a combination of epidemiological evidence, a dose-response relationship and a plausible mechanisms Osimani and Mignini, And still, other scientists might emphasize external validity, with evidence from a representative sample of relevant cases, plus evidence of a causal mechanism, being sufficient to establish causation Anjum and Rocca, ; Hicks, ; Edwards, Scientists supporting any one of these stances should ideally be able to argue for why their epistemological bias should be considered superior.
Awareness of the bias is a necessary premise for any such argument. What can be done to facilitate and encourage debate about philosophical biases in science? Recognizing philosophical biases is a good starting point, but the responsibility for this cannot be left to the individual scientists.
Instead, we need to develop a culture in the scientific community for critically discussing conceptual and meta-empirical issues: this should involve universities, research institutes and journals. Philosophers of science should contribute to this process by working to engage with students and researchers in discussions about the philosophical foundation of scientific norms, methods and practices. At our own institute, the NMBU Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science in Norway, we find that students and researchers become interested in discussing these matters once they are made aware of them.
The Norwegian higher education system has a long tradition of mandatory training in the philosophy of science for Masters and PhD students, and Polish universities are famous for the rigorous scientific training received by philosophy of science students.
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These initiatives point in the direction that we want to see: philosophically informed scientists and scientifically informed philosophers of science who are prepared to debate with each other on topics that are highly relevant to both. We thank Marie Lindquist and Ralph Edwards for discussions and support of our ideas, and Jeffrey Aronson for detailed feedback on how to improve the manuscript.
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This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. Abstract Scientists seek to eliminate all forms of bias from their research. Examples of philosophical bias Doing science without making any basic philosophical assumptions is impossible. Philosophical debates in science and medicine Do scientists usually care about philosophical biases?
Philosophical bias is the one bias that science cannot avoid
Should science aim to overcome philosophical biases? We need to talk about science and philosophy What can be done to facilitate and encourage debate about philosophical biases in science? Acknowledgements We thank Marie Lindquist and Ralph Edwards for discussions and support of our ideas, and Jeffrey Aronson for detailed feedback on how to improve the manuscript. Funding Statement The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
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Philosophy General. This is a collection of some works of Polish philosophers and physicists on philosophical problems of time and spacetime.
Without restricting the thematic scope of the papers, the issue conceming objectivity of time flow runs as a uniting thread through most of them. Partly it is discussed directIy, and partly the authors focus on themes which are of paramount importance for one's attitude to that question. In the first six papers the authors deal with their topics against the background of contemporary physics, its theories, its difficulties and discussed conjectures. For the paper of S. Snihur that background is provided by everyday worId-outlook, and the author discusses the problem of existence and character of the future in the light of basic principles of cIassical logic.
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