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1 October 2005 Ecology, Values, and Objectivity: Advancing the Debate
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We add to current discussions about the interface between ecology, values, and objectivity by reporting on a novel Delphi-based study of the scientific reasoning employed by a group of eight ecologists as they collectively considered current ecological thinking. We rely on contextual empiricism, with its features of multiple ways of relating theory to reality and science as a social activity, to provide a richer understanding of scientific objectivity. This understanding recognizes the place and contributions of values and, in so doing, moves the discussion beyond whether or not science is “value neutral.”

TABATHA J. WALLINGTON and SUSAN A. MOORE "Ecology, Values, and Objectivity: Advancing the Debate," BioScience 55(10), 873-878, (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0873:EVAOAT]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 October 2005
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