Social Aspects of Scientific Knowledge

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSynthese
Volume197
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)447-468
Number of pages22
ISSN0039-7857
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Bibliographical note

published online 2018-07-12

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • philosophy of science
  • Democracy
  • Epistemic values
  • Experts
  • Scientific community
  • Scientific realism
  • Social epistemology
  • Truth-seeking
  • SCIENCE
  • VALUES
  • TRUTH

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