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Setting some of the foundations for a response.

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This is a quick attempt at setting out the basics to the respond to the question Do we need research ethics committees? Three points should be noted at the start:

  1. The question is closed-ended: it allows only for a yes-or-no answer, but such a simple response carries the nuances entailed…


Which is humbler?

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This is a very tentative distinction that I think might be worth making in philosophy of science: that there are two senses of epistemic humility.

The first sense of epistemic humility is captured by Popper’s falsificationist account of science, which hinges on claims such as “our ignorance is sobering and…


Thoughts and Theory

Epistemic Humility and Standpoint Theory for doing data science better

Data science is, basically, the science of data. It seeks to generate actionable knowledge about the world by studying data. By “actionable knowledge”, I mean knowledge that can be drawn on by other researchers and policymakers to continue advancing how society interacts with the world and understands itself. Therefore, I…


Bridging Consistency and Change

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It is hard to create a value system held by all within an organisation, not to say impossible. But it is also questionable whether diverse value systems should be allow to wander too far and detract from an otherwise coherent narrative across an organisation. After all, an organisation’s brand —…


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Organisational values are not a new concept — as most concepts. They are embedded in mission and vision statements, policies and employee handbooks of organisations all over the world. They might have stronger roots in the corporate world, but charities and NGOs all over the planet are learning just how…


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What makes research ethical? There are many ways we can approach this question. One way is from the tradition of philosophy of science. Here, we can ask about the many “value judgements” made throughout a research project; for example, how one decides what to study, or how it is reasoned…


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I will name Multidisciplinary Epistemic Groups (MEGs) those collaborative research groups formed for the purpose of seeking a response to complex scientific questions by employing different research methods and disciplines. I will refrain from discussing the differences between multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and so on (for this, see, inter alia, Blackwell…


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We* were really pleased to organise and host a philosophy conference as postgraduates from the Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method department at the London School of Economics. The conference ran two full days on 11 and 12 September 2020, and was packed with excellent speakers and varied topics.


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Corporate diversity and inclusion (D&I) advisors and strategists feed into the system that oppresses the marginalised groups they seek to support. Why do I think this? It comes down to one premise: society as we know it is inherently racist, sexist, ableist, heteronormative, ageist and oppressive in countless other ways…

Ismael Kherroubi Garcia

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