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Best Paper Ever

A research paper written by Heather Douglas, associate professor of philosophy, was recognized as one of the most influential to ever be published by the Philosophy of Science journal. It was selected to be included in the journal’s 90th Anniversary Collection.

Only 30 papers from the past 90 years were chosen to be part of this anniversary publication, including one by Albert Einstein.

The paper by Douglas, originally published in December 2000, addresses important themes, including the influence of social and ethical values on scientific judgments, inductive risk and the importance of addressing uncertainty in scientific decision-making, and the significance of understanding values in science-society relationships.

“I am particularly happy that many scientists have embraced the points raised by this paper and now better recognize the importance of values for good scientific practice,” Douglas said.

 

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