PhilSci Archive

Philosophy of Ethnobiology: Understanding Knowledge Integration and Its Limitations

Ludwig, David and El-Hani, Charbel (2019) Philosophy of Ethnobiology: Understanding Knowledge Integration and Its Limitations. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
Text
Philosophy-of-Ethnobiology JOE.pdf

Download (706kB) | Preview

Abstract

Ethnobiology has become increasingly concerned with applied and normative issues such as climate change adaptation, forest management, and sustainable agriculture. Applied ethnobiology emphasizes the practical importance of local and traditional knowledge in tackling these issues but thereby also raises complex theoretical questions about the integration of heterogeneous knowledge systems. The aim of this article is to develop a framework for addressing questions of integration through four core domains of philosophy -
epistemology, ontology, value theory, and political theory. In each of these dimensions, we argue for a model of “partial overlaps” that acknowledges both substantial similarities and differences between knowledge systems. While overlaps can ground successful collaboration, their partiality requires reflectivity about the limitations of collaboration and co-creation. By outlining such a general and programmatic framework, the article aims to contribute to developing “philosophy of ethnobiology” as a field of interdisciplinary exchange that provides new resources for addressing foundational issues in ethnobiology and also expands the agenda of philosophy of biology.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Ludwig, Daviddavid.ludwig@wur.nl
El-Hani, Charbelcharbel.elhani@gmail.com
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr David Ludwig
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 04:09
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 04:09
Item ID: 15892
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15892

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item