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Moral Description: Overcoming the Fact-Value Dichotomy in Social Research

Doughney, James (2004) Moral Description: Overcoming the Fact-Value Dichotomy in Social Research. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2 (2). pp. 6-12. ISSN 1557-1874 (Print) 1557-1882 (Online)

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Abstract

Values in social research are a vexed question. However, they cannot and should not be avoided. This article argues against the familiar fact-value dichotomy and presents a cognitive approach to values based inter alia on the views of the philosophers JuEus Kovesi (1967) and Hilary Putnam (1990, 2(02) and the economist philosopher Amartya Sen (1982, 1(87). The article concludes that rejecting the fact-value dichotomy does not mean that "anything goes." On the contrary, it proposes reuniting facts and values in a common, factually-grounded and rational cognitive enterprise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: values, fact-value dichotomy, social research
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 05:22
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/534
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