Workshop: Objectivity – New Perspectives on Objective Inquiry (6 May 2018)
Idea and Motivation
Objectivity is taken to be an epistemic virtue of inquiry – not only in the natural sciences but also in the social and historical sciences and, going beyond scientific inquiry, in journalism. The objectivity of inquiry takes center stage as a virtue: the inquirers themselves (scientists, historians, journalists) and the consumers or users of the outcomes of such inquiry (such as companies, policy makers, readers) rely on it. However, despite its central role, the notion of objectivity is surprisingly unclear. The contributions to this workshop aim at shedding new light on the notion of objectivity.