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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Sayer, A. (2017), Values within Reason. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 54: 468-475. doi:10.1111/cars.12172 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cars.12172/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/11/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Canadian Review of Sociology
Issue number4
Volume54
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)468-475
Publication statusPublished
Early online date9/11/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The paper questions the assumptions that facts and values are always radically different, that objectivity and values do not mix, and that values are subjective and a-rational and should be excluded from social science. It argues (1) that such assumptions are underpinned by unnoticed slippages between different meanings of objectivity and by misunderstandings of the nature of values and normativity; (2) that evaluative judgements—often in the form of “thick ethical concepts” in
which description and evaluation are fused—are necessary for objective description in social science; and (3) that framing the values issue in terms of the relations between is and ought misrepresents the place of normativity in social science and in everyday life.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Sayer, A. (2017), Values within Reason. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 54: 468-475. doi:10.1111/cars.12172 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cars.12172/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.