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On fraud

Bright, Liam Kofi (2016) On fraud. Philosophical Studies, 174 (2). pp. 291-310. ISSN 0031-8116

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11098-016-0682-7

Abstract

Preferably scientific investigations would promote true rather than false beliefs. The phenomenon of fraud represents a standing challenge to this veritistic ideal. When scientists publish fraudulent results they knowingly enter falsehoods into the information stream of science. Recognition of this challenge has prompted calls for scientists to more consciously adopt the veritistic ideal in their own work. In this paper I argue against such promotion of the veritistic ideal. It turns out that a sincere desire on the part of scientists to see the truth propagated may well promote more fraud rather than less.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/11098
Additional Information: © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 11:10
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 11:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87478

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