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Silent Performances: Are Repertoires Really Post-Kuhnian?

Sample, Matthew (2016) Silent Performances: Are Repertoires Really Post-Kuhnian? [Preprint]

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Ankeny and Leonelli (2016) propose “repertoires” as a new way to understand the stability of certain research programs as well as scientific change in general. By bringing a more complete range of social, material, and epistemic elements into one framework, they position their work as a correction for the Kuhnian impulse in philosophy of science and other areas of science studies. I argue that this “post-Kuhnian” move is not complete, and that repertoires maintain an internalist perspective, caused partly by an asymmetrical emphasis on the scientists’ side of practice. If we compare “repertoires”
to alternative frameworks, like “sociotechnical imaginaries” of Jasanoff and Kim (2015), it is evident that repertoires are missing two specific things. First, I argue that the framework needs to include the role of audience, without whom the repertoires of science are unintelligible. Second, I suggest that the framework also lacks an explicit place for ethical and political imagination, which provide meaning for otherwise mechanical promotion of particular research programs. With these modifications, Ankeny and Leonelli’s framework might fulfill its post-Kuhnian potential.


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Sample, Matthew0000-0001-5290-1458
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Matthew Sample
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 14:43
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 14:43
Item ID: 12586
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: September 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12586

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