Definition: The idea that scientific claims, methods, results and scientists themselves should remain value-free and unbiased, and thus not be affected by cultural, political, racial or religious bias as well as any personal interests (Merton, 1942).

Related terms: Communality, Mertonian norms, Neutrality

References: Macfarlane and Cheng (2008), & Merton (1942)

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