Independence Thesis is the assertion that methodological
prescriptions for scientific communities and those for individual
scientists are logically independent.The underlying spirit of the
Independence Thesis has motivated the creation of a new field
social epistemology which focuses explicitly on the epistemic
properties of groups rather than individuals.
Moral Objectivism is the view that what is right or wrong
doesn’t depend on what anyone thinks is right or wrong. That is,
the view that the 'moral facts' are like 'physical' facts in that
what the facts are does not depend on what anyone thinks they
are.Moral objectivism’s ability to ignore opinion and point to
moral facts is a powerful trait. I guess there are no merits as
such just that it is rational and consistent with reality.