Debiasing methods and the acceptability of experimental outcomes

David Teira . (2016) Debiasing methods and the acceptability of experimental outcomes.

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Título Debiasing methods and the acceptability of experimental outcomes
Autor(es) David Teira
Abstract Why scientists reach an agreement on new experimental methods when there are conflicts of interest about the evidence they yield? I argue that debiasing methods play a crucial role in this consensus, providing a warrant about the impartiality of the outcome regarding the preferences of different parties involved in the experiment. From a contractarian perspective, I contend that an epistemic pre-requisite for scientists to agree on an experimental method is that this latter is neutral regarding their competing interests. I present two medical experiments (on smallpox inoculation and Mesmerism) in which debiasing procedures such as blinding and data tabulation provided warrants of impartiality that made people agree on the experimental design even if they disagreed on the outcome.
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blinding
Fecha 2016-01-01
Identificador bibliuned:501089
Nombre de la revista Foundations of science
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Collection: Departamento Lógica, Historia, Filosofía de la Ciencia (UNED). Artículos
 
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