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Adding Complexity: Philosophical Perspectives on the Relationship Between Evidence and Policy


by Denis C. Phillips — 2007

To jump to the heart of the matter, the point of the following discussion is that on the most straightforward reading Webster’s is seriously mistaken, while Marshall and James are much closer to getting things right. Pursuit of the central issues that are at stake will take the discussion into epistemological territory that is well-known to contemporary philosophers of science, and to add further contemporary relevance, it may be asserted at the outset that some strong supporters of the so-called “evidence-based” (or “research-based” or “scientifically based”) policy movement make the same mistake—in addition to others—that was made by the authors of this edition of the great dictionary.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 106. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 109 Number 13, 2007, p. 376-402
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18531, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 5:18:03 AM

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