Fact Vs. Value

  • William E. Stempsey
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 63)


In this chapter I will examine the relationship of fact and value. The value-dependent realism I am advocating holds that all facts in medicine, including facts about diagnosis, depend on values for their specification. However, I will argue that there are objective values. If this is so, we can maintain the possibility that medical facts, even though they are built upon values, reflect an objective reality. This will avoid the sort of relativism that results from the extreme social constructivist view that we simply invent our facts in order to produce a world that is socially useful.


True Proposition Moral Realist Ideal Observer Metaphysical Nature Metaphysical Thesis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Stempsey
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  1. 1.College of the Holy CrossWorcesterUSA

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