poorly thought-out practice
I have been struggling with the meaning of the underlined phrase. :cry: Would you please do me a favor? Thanks a lot.
Attacks based on epistemology are sometimes very successful, especially in the early days of a discipline's development and especially when they accord with the private prejudices of the practitioners. The attitude toward the work of women scientists has been an obvious example. Specific to our own discipline was the bad epistemology—specifically, the value-free doctrine—that provided the official basis for banning the birth of a discipline of evaluation throughout most of this century. During this time, of course, evaluation was continually practiced by those enforcing the ban—with the usual mixed success that is the lot of poorly thought-out practice.