The Character of Science: A Virtue Theoretic Account
Robert T. Pennock, PhD, Michigan State University
Friday, November 15, 2019
Philosophers, historians and sociologists are used to analyzing the character of science in methodological and social terms, though these perspectives have sometimes been in tension. I argue that a vocational virtue perspective that includes both epistemic and ethical values can help unite these perspectives by way of an analysis of the character virtues that scientists ought to cultivate for scientific research to flourish.