Normative Influences in Science and their Impact on (Objective) Empirical Research

Jannis Kreienkamp, Max Agostini, Marvin C. Kunz, Malte Meyerhuber, Carlos A. de Matos Fernandes

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Empirical research has the ultimate goal to inform us about the ‘objectively true’ state of the world. This ambition especially holds for the natural sciences, but also extends to the social sciences. In the context of recent devel- opments and theoretical discussions, we aim to contribute to the discussion of objectivity in empirical research from a student’s perspective: The influence of normative assumptions on empirical research. We will analyze normative influences within the six conceptual steps of the empirical research process: (1) idea generation, (2) research funding, (3) research planning, (4) data collection, (5) data analysis, and (6) scientific output. We will end with a summary of current directions that may help move to a more reflective, nuanced, and transparent scientific process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpirical Research and Normative Theory
Subtitle of host publicationTransdisciplinary Perspectives on Two Methodical Traditions Between Separation and Interdependence
EditorsAlexander Max Bauer, Malte Meyerhuber
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-061379-7, 978-3-11-061214-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-061209-7
Publication statusPublished - 20-Apr-2020


  • Empirical Research
  • Normative Influences
  • Reflexivity
  • Social Sciences

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