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Theory and Human Values
Theory and human values

Contextualism and relativism in theory, as found in many postmodern statements, is often though not exclusively associated with the call for researchers to put their values into science (Allen, 2000; White & Marshall, 2001). For many of us, this cry to put values back into our science and research raises thorny problems—such as whose values, and the issue of bias and credibility (Harding, 1991). The problem is not that science was ever value free, a claim even Weber (1949) dismissed, but that the values now being advocated would take us further from the production of knowledge rather than closer. I think real progress is only achieved when scholars research what they find interesting or fun or of value. ...

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