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Publication . Article . 2019

Making sense of non-factual disagreement in science.

Naftali Weinberger; Seamus Bradley;
Open Access
Published: 20 Mar 2019 Journal: Studies in history and philosophy of science, volume 83 (issn: 0039-3681, Copyright policy )
Country: United Kingdom

Philosophical discussions of disagreement typically focus on cases in which the disagreeing agents are aware that they are disagreeing and can pinpoint the proposition that they are disagreeing about. Scientific disagreements are not, in general, like this. Here we consider several case studies of disagreements that do not concern first-order factual claims about the scientific domain in question, but rather boil down to disputes regarding methodology. In such cases, it is often difficult to identify the point of contention in the dispute. Philosophers of science have a useful role to play in pinpointing the source of such disagreements, but must resist the temptation to trace scientific debates to disputes over higher-level philosophical accounts.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Trace (semiology) Scientific domain Focus (linguistics) Sociology Proposition Temptation media_common.quotation_subject media_common Epistemology


Awareness, Dissent and Disputes, Motivation, History and Philosophy of Science, History

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Imprecise Probability Models of Rational Belief
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 792292
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-EF-ST
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