Logo Università degli Studi di Milano


10 aprile 2017: Carlo Martini: Trust and objectivity in think tank research

Logo of the Centre for the Study of Social Action (CSSA)

Centre for the Study of Social Action (CSSA) 


Carlo Martini (TINT, Helsinki)

Trust and objectivity in think tank research


Lunedì 10 aprile 2017, h. 14:30

Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia.



Philosophers have discussed extensively about objectivity of scientific research, and some have even suggested there might be too much discussion about objectivity, and too little about the substantial question regarding scientific research, i.e. can we trust scientists? Can we trust scientific methods? In this paper we focus on trusting scientists, and, while incidentally we will have to discuss some of the accounts of scientific objectivity that have been put forth in the literature, the substantial question will be “how can scientists be trusted?” The focus of this paper will not be on traditional academic research, but rather on think tank research. Currently, there are very few academic studies on think tanks and on think tank research, and in philosophy of science, the topic has been left mostly unexplored.

Studying think tank research is not only useful for philosophers interested in practical implications of science, but has a useful philosophical purpose as well: It is though the comparison of standards and norms in academic research and in think tank research that we can highlight some of the limitations of current accounts of scientific objectivity in the philosophy of science literature.

With this paper we try to achieve two goals: (a) we contrast think tank research with academic research in order to probe current accounts of trust and objectivity in scientific research. We propose that scientific research can be trusted (and objective) when it has a “public face”. Secondly, (b) we provide an empirical assessment of think tank research in terms of the normative standards of trust which we put forth in the first sections of the paper: i.e., we ask the question whether think tank researchers have a “public face”.

Reference: Martini, C., & Valikangas, A. (TINT Working Paper): Trust and objectivity in think tank research.


La conferenza sarà tenuta in inglese.

La partecipazione all’incontro è fortemente consigliata consigliata agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo.

Tutti gli interessati sono invitati a partecipare.

10 aprile 2017
Torna ad inizio pagina