Facts, Values and Ideology

  • David Papineau


It is difficult to give any brief specification of the problems raised by the relationship between ‘facts’ and ‘values’. Perhaps the best way of introducing the topic is to consider the contrast between beliefs and desires, which has been assumed at various points earlier in the book.


Moral Judgement Scientific Method Factual Content Justify Belief Technical Interest 
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    G. J. Warnock, Contemporary Moral Philosophy (Macmillan, 1967), is a lucid survey of twentieth-century Anglo-Saxon theories about the status of moral judgements.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Cf. M. Brewster Smith, ‘Attitude Change’, in D. L. Sills (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Vol. 1 (Collier—Macmillan, 1968 ), pp. 458–67.Google Scholar
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    M. Weber, The Methodology of the Social Sciences (Free Press, 1949), p. 21.Google Scholar
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    K. Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1960 ).Google Scholar

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© David Papineau 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Papineau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeUK

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