Social Aspects of Scientific Knowledge

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Niiniluoto , I 2020 , ' Social Aspects of Scientific Knowledge ' , Synthese , vol. 197 , no. 1 , pp. 447-468 .

Title: Social Aspects of Scientific Knowledge
Author: Niiniluoto, Ilkka
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2020-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Synthese
ISSN: 0039-7857
Abstract: From its inception in 1987 social epistemology has been divided into analytic (ASE) and critical (CSE) approaches, represented by Alvin I. Goldman and Steve Fuller, respectively. In this paper, the agendas and some basic ideas of ASE and CSE are compared and assessed by bringing into the discussion also other participants of the debates on the social aspects of scientific knowledge-among them Raimo Tuomela, Philip Kitcher and Helen Longino. The six topics to be analyzed include individual and collective epistemic agents; the notion of scientific community; realism and constructivism; truth-seeking communities; epistemic and social values; science, experts, and democracy.
Description: published online 2018-07-12
Subject: 611 Philosophy
philosophy of science
Epistemic values
Scientific community
Scientific realism
Social epistemology
Peer reviewed: Yes
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