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New Directions in the Philosophy of Science

A Social Epistemology of Research Groups

Authors: Wagenknecht, Susann

  • Combines empirical research and philosophical analysis to offer new insight into research practice
  • Provides readers with a distinct approach to integrating philosophical analysis with first-hand qualitative data
  • Reflects researchers’ continued interest in the inner workings of interdisciplinary research
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This book investigates how collaborative scientific practice yields scientific knowledge. At a time when most of today’s scientific knowledge is created in research groups, the author reconsiders the social character of science to address the question of whether collaboratively created knowledge should be considered as collective achievement, and if so, in which sense. Combining philosophical analysis with qualitative empirical inquiry, this book provides a comparative case study of mono- and interdisciplinary research groups, offering insight into the day-to-day practice of scientists. The book includes field observations and interviews with scientists to present an empirically-grounded perspective on much-debated questions concerning research groups’ division of labor, relations of epistemic dependence and trust.

About the authors

Susann Wagenknecht is an interdisciplinary researcher at the intersection of philosophy of science, social epistemology, and qualitative empirical methods. She received her PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2014. Since then, she has published on epistemic trust and dependence in Episteme and Social Epistemology; and co-edited together with Hanne Andersen and Nancy J. Nersessian the volume Empirical Philosophy of Science (Springer, 2015).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Social Epistemology of Research Groups
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52410-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52410-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52409-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 187
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