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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Calgary, working in the philosophy of science under the supervision of Dr. Marc Ereshefsky.
My research centers on the epistemic justification of non-epistemic values (e.g., social and moral values) in scientific classification. Although the ideal of value-free science has been extensively criticized, it finds a haven in scientific classification, especially in the discussion of natural kinds.
Using case studies, I demonstrate that some non-epistemic values are not only ineliminable from classificatory practices, but more importantly, they contribute to establishing and maintaining scientific categories.
By bridging two strands of literature – the literature on values and science and the literature on scientific classification, I challenge the value-free ideal in scientific classification and seek ways to fruitfully incorporate values in classification.
You can learn more about me in this interview.
Contact: soohyun [dot] ahn [at] ucalgary [dot] ca