Objectivity, Human Values and Social Inquiry

The project looks at ways of integrating social scientific and philosophical/interpretative analyses, to gain a better understanding of objectivity claims in the social sciences and in social inquiry generally. In particular, it explores the empirical and methodological ways in which different contexts and forms of social scientific thinking and practice produce knowledge. The research started with an investigation of whether and how the pursuit of objective knowledge in social science might be possible by acknowledging, rather than excluding, value-related inquiry. It then moved to discussing the rational justification of knowledge claims. As of late it has taken on an inquiry into the meaning and uses of objective evidence.