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Vertrauensvorschuß und wissenschaftliches Fehlhandeln: Eine reliabilistische Modellierung der Fälle Abderhalden, Goldschmidt, Moewus und Waldschmidt-Leitz (2004)


Reliabilist philosophy of science considers scientific misconduct a transgression against the principles of good cognitive practice. Good practice in research is characterised by the reliability, efficiency and fertility of the cognitive processes involved. The reliabilist approach is closely connected to the idea of mutual cognitive dependency of the research community. Trust in the testimony of others is not an inevitable but a favouring factor of scientific progress - and misconduct damages the testimonial chain, respectively the principle of trustworthiness. Within the reliabilist framework, the main focus on questionable research is not on whether or not there are fraudulent intentions (that means particular mental events of the past), but on recognisable consequences for the research community. Criticising the constructivist modeling of questionable research, we reconstruct certain contributions by Emil Abderhalden, Richard Goldschmidt, Franz Moewus, and Ernst Waldschmitz-Leitz as serious misconducts respectively frauds. We also show that specific social factors - often regarded as apologising conditions - decisively interfere with the principle of trustworthiness in the scientific community.


Description Philosophical considerations of fraud in science.

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Authors & Contributors
Kaasch, Michael
Sapp, Jan
Bauer, Henry H.
Berg, Wieland
El-Hani, Charbel Niño
Frewer, Andreas
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Feministische Studien
Filosofia e História da Biologia
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
Cambridge University Press
Campus Verlag
Oxford University Press
National Socialism
Philosophy of science
Scientific misconduct; fraud in science
Abderhalden, Emil
Goldschmidt, Richard Benedict
Moewus, Franz
Crusafont Pairó, Miquel
Cuénot, Lucien
Höch, Hannah
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
Berlin (Germany)
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
Freie Universität Berlin
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina

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