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What We (Should) Talk About When We Talk About Fruitfulness

Ivani, Silvia (2018) What We (Should) Talk About When We Talk About Fruitfulness. [Preprint]

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What are the relevant values to the appraisal of research programs? This question remains hotly debated, as philosophers have recently proposed many lists of values potentially relevant to scientific appraisal. Surprisingly, despite being mentioned in many lists, little attention has been paid to fruitfulness. It is unclear how fruitfulness should be explicated, and whether it has any substantial role in scientific appraisal. In this paper, I argue we should explicate fruitfulness as the capacity to develop of research programs. Moreover, I provide a novel strategy to assess and compare the fruitfulness of programs focused on their research questions and heuristics. To illustrate how this strategy would work, I will discuss a case study, namely the adaptationist program in evolutionary psychology.


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Ivani, Silvias.ivani@uvt.nl0000-0003-0985-9949
Keywords: Fruitfulness; Cognitive values; Evolutionary Psychology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Ms Silvia Ivani
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 01:22
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 01:22
Item ID: 14924
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14924

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