Alexander Reutlinger
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Biased research occurs frequently in the sciences. In this paper, I will focus on one particular kind of biased research: research that is subject to sponsorship bias. I will address the following epistemological question: what precisely is epistemically wrong with biased research of this kind? I will defend the evidential account of epistemic wrongness: that is, research affected by sponsorship bias is epistemically wrong if and only if the researchers in question make false claims about the evidential support of some hypothesis H by data E. I will argue that the evidential account captures the epistemic wrongness of three paradigmatic types of sponsorship bias.
Keywords Biases in science  Science skepticism  Creation of doubt  Sponsorship bias  Evidence  Confirmation  Bayesianism  Statistical hypothesis testing  Epistemology  Philosophy of science
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DOI 10.1007/s13194-020-00280-2
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